Glorious, golden grain is waving again over much of Idaho this fall. Of the 50 states, Idaho is number six in wheat production, number three in barley. But one class of grains is barely present, despite growing demand across the U.S.
Popularly labeled “ancient grains,” their names roll off your tongue like poetry: emmer, farro, spelt, teff, quinoa, einkorn, Kamut®, amaranth, freekeh, millet. They offer flavor, nutrition and versatility unique from modern wheat. Diverse and distinct, at one time each nourished entire cultures.
Now, sparked by curiosity and potential markets, a small group of entrepreneurial and inventive farmers in Idaho are growing ancient grains, though not without hardships.… Read More