Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Two Ancient Grains Coming Soon to Market

Two ancient grains, untouched by centuries of health-compromising tinkering by humans, as are modern wheat and other grains, may soon go on sale. The grains, called devediti and harmani, grow in southeastern Turkey and are used by local villagers as winter foods and animal feed. The company, oddly unidentified on an English-laungage Turkish news site, hopes to reproduce the market success of an ancient Egyptian grain called Kamut.

Most grains eaten today -- including whole grains -- are the product of food science intervention, and tend to be lower in protein, fiber and nutrients in general -- plus, they're far more likely to cause alergies than ancient grains.

We'll keep an eye on devediti and harmani, and let you know when and where you can buy them. (Note that the photograph shows two varieties of wheat, and does not show devediti or harmani.)