Spelt – a beautiful ancient grain
It’s Australia Day next week guys! So we found a beautiful vegan lamington recipe using this gorgeous grain and thought it was perfect to teach you a little bit more about it. We also have a great gluten free lamington recipe for anyone who is coeliac.
Spelt has so much going for it. It’s more nutrient dense than its cousin, ‘common wheat’ and easier to digest. We currently use organic wholemeal spelt flour grown in country Victoria for our Apricot and Ginger Belly Bump Biscuits. We are pretty excited too to say that we some other products in the pipeline that will be launched very soon using this lovely grain.
Check out the recipes here and enjoy X
Let’s learn a little more about spelt…
In the Mediterranean in the 1800’s Spelt was the staple grain being grown. Unfortunately, it was gradually replaced by the easier to grow and harvest ‘common wheat’.
In the past two decades however Spelt has received renewed attention thanks to the organic farming movement. It has a harder outer shell and can protect itself from pests and the elements so therefore requires less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. We are also seeing more and more people tolerating spelt better than common wheat so they are choosing it as a healthy alternative.
Here are the main reasons why we choose spelt:
In summary, spelt and common wheat as we all know it are different grains but are from the same family. As outlined above their grain structures are very different which results in our bodies digesting, utilizing and tolerating them differently.
Thus, the anecdotal reports by many people claiming they feel so much better eating spelt as opposed to common wheat, makes scientific sense. It is the old fashion nature of the spelt grain that makes it naturally better for you than wheat.
Please note that spelt is not ‘gluten free’. Although the gluten is easier to digest in spelt true Coeliacs and gluten intolerant people will not be able to tolerate it.
Here are two great Aussie Day Lamington recipes that we love. One spelt based and vegan and the other gluten free with eggs. Pick one that suits you and enjoy!!