Ancient Wheat: Einkorn (7500 BC) – oh but you can get it today

What is Einkorn wheat?  You can think of Einkorn wheat as going back to the beginning before the hybridization of modern wheat.  Einkorn wheat is a purer form of modern wheat.  The first domestication of this wheat is was discovered to be at 7500 BC. (more on history here)

My first thought was –is it gluten free?  While Einkorn wheat contains does contain gluten, however, the form of the gluten has a different structure and its lower in gluten.  Here is a piece quoted from the company’s webpage:

“Einkorn is differs from modern wheat in 3 important ways, all of which may contribute to gluten intolerance (more on it differs from modern wheat here):

  • Most modern wheat is a hybrid of many different grains and grasses.
  • Einkorn has a 14 chromosomes , whereas modern wheat has a 42 chromosomes which changes the gluten structure
  • Einkorn is considered more nutritious than modern wheat, based on the higher level of protein, essential fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, pyridoxine, and beta-carotene.”1

Where do I get Einkorn wheat?  You can buy it here in the berry form and its recommended to grind your own flour.  They also give a description of two types of flour grinders.

1.  Is Einkorn flour gluten free?