New organic heritage flour launched
Sharpham Park, the Somerset-based spelt farm founded by British fashion pioneer Roger Saul, has launched a new heritage flour that originates from ancient civilisations - with a range that blends three ancient grains - Spelt, Emmer and Einkorn.
To create their new Organic Heritage Flour, the Sharpham Park team have taken their favourite ancient grain, spelt, and blended it with Emmer and Einkorn, both first cultivated over 10,000 years ago and which will be harvested once again from Sharpham Park’s fields in the coming weeks.
These grains are grown and stone milled at the farm in Somerset to create a flour that is not only high in fibre but has a deliciously deep flavour created by combining the mildly sweet flavours of spelt and emmer with the earthy tones of einkorn. The product is also hugely versatile, making it perfect for breads, cakes, biscuits, cookies, pastry and pasta.
The new range is 100% organic and is the first of its kind in the UK to combine these three ancient grains. The flour is 70% Organic White Spelt Flour, 15% Organic Emmer and 15% Organic Einkorn. It will be available from leading stockists including Waitrose and Planet Organic, as well as via the Sharpham Park website and sister company Kilver Court Designer Village in Somerset with a RRP of £3.95.
Sharpham Park founder Roger Saul said “We developed this as an introduction to Spelt, Emmer and Einkorn grains as we feel it is a natural step for keen bakers from our Baker’s Blend flour. We have created the blend to make the transition to heritage grains as easy as possible for the home baker looking to experiment and expand their repertoire”.
Spelt is an excellent source of fibre, protein, iron and vitamins, and, when included in a healthy balanced diet, has been proven to improve heart health, aid digestion, is a key ingredient in a high fibre diet and slow energy release food (this is why the Roman army referred to spelt as their ‘marching grain’).
Emmer wheat has been found in archaeological excavations and ancient tombs. It is believed grains of wild emmer discovered at Ohalo II (an archaeological site in Israel) had a radiocarbon dating of 17,000 BC and at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) site of Netiv Hagdud are 10,000–9,400 years old. Emmer is an excellent source of protein, fibre and nutrients like magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins.
Is the oldest known cultivated of whole grain wheat meaning single grain. Einkorn wheat was one of the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated. The earliest clear evidence of the domestication of einkorn dates from 10,600 to 9,900 years before present (8650 BCE to 7950 BCE). Einkorn is high in protein, fibre, vitamin A, B vitamins and many important minerals.