What Are Ancient Grains, Why You Should Eat Them, and 13 Ways to Cook Them
What makes a grain ancient? Grains have been a part of the human diet since the middle Stone Age, and grains themselves were around long before that, so does this culinary buzzword have any meaning?
According to the Whole Grain Council, the nomer, “ancient grains” is given to any grain that has remained relatively unaltered over the last several hundred years. This matters when you consider all the discussion and debate over GMO seeds and the rise in gluten allergies (which many blame on modern wheat hybrid crops).
Consider swapping your usual bowl of brown rice with nutty-flavor of farro, add buckwheat for added nutrition to your weekend pancake recipe, or trade the subtle toasted flavor of spelt for Arborio rice when making risotto.
For more ways to incorporate these nutritious grains into your everyday diet, check out our roundup of 13 recipes that will have you cooking with everything from sorghum to quinoa.