clarification on ancient grains
Posted by: old_user on Jun-03-09 11:27 AM (EST)
There is a bit of misleading info out there on the web about many of the grains mentioned. Here are a few points that I hope clear up some of that.
Kamut DOES contain gluten but not as much as bread wheat. Barley, several forms of wheat (possibly including kamut), pea and lentil were amongst the first domesticated grains in what is now Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Israel.
Quinwa is not a cereal, it is a plant closely related to lamb's quarters. Cereals are annual grasses that produce larges seeds like wheat, oat and barley. Buckwheat is sometimes referred to as a "pseudo-cereal" because its seed is ground up to flour and used like a true cereals would.Interestingly a close relative was domesticated in the Eastern USA before corn arrived from Mexico. Quinwa was domesticated by the Inca and is still grown in the Andes.
Amaranth again is not a cereal, it is a pigweed. The Aztecs certainly used more Maize (corn) than amaranth as well.
Yes the nutritional contend of most of these grains is greater than more "conventional" cereals. Plant breeding has focused on maximizing starch production in most modern cereals which has diluted out the protein and micro nutrient content.
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Posted by: drque on Jun-03-09 2:01 PM (EST)
she's right, ancients grians tend to be packed with protein and nutrients, but