Niche Crops

Einkorn

Einkorn is now making a resurgence in popularity due to its many health benefits. Einkorn has a higher percentage of protein than modern wheats and is considered more nutritious because it has higher levels of fat, phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine, and beta-carotene.

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 (8,650 BC to 7,950 BC).

Einkorn wheat is low-yielding but can survive on poor, dry, marginal soils where other varieties of wheat will not. It is primarily eaten boiled in whole grains, in porridge or in cakes. Einkorn flour produces a beautiful flavour which pairs well with apples. Our first try of Einkorn flour was in an apple tart in Germany and then as Apple Muffins baked here in our kitchen.

Einkorn Seed is available in 250kg and 500kg bags

Einkorn Grain (de-hulled) is available in 25kg or 500kg bag sizes.

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Einkorn

Einkorn Niche Crops

Rye

Rye GrainRye grain is proving to be extremely popular amongst food and health lovers across the UK. It can be used for a multitude of things including flour, rye bread, rye beer, crisp bread, some whiskeys, some vodkas, and as animal feed. It can also be eaten whole, either as boiled rye berries or by being rolled, similar to rolled oats.

Rye grows well in much poorer soils than those necessary for most cereal grains. Thus, it is an especially valuable crop in regions where the soil has sand or peat. Rye plants withstand cold better than other small grains do

Organic Rye Seed and Rye Grains are available in 25kg or 500kg bag sizes.

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Spelt

Spelt GrainSpelt is a species of wheat cultivated since approximately 5000 BC and was an important staple in parts of Europe from the Bronze Age to medieval times. It now survives as a relict crop in Central Europe and northern Spain and has found a new market as a health food gaining widespread popularity as a wheat substitute for making artisan breads, pasta and cereals.

Organic Spelt Seed is available in 500kg bags

Spelt Grain (De-hulled) is available in 25kg and 500kg bags

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Naked Barley

Introducing PIRONA Naked Barley

PIRONA Naked BarleyWe are pleased to introduce to you PIRONA Naked Barley, a variety bred by esteemed German Plant Breeder Karl Joseph Muller.

What is Naked Barley?

It is barley that when harvested, the grains thrash freely from the hulls. This cuts down on processing and ensures that all of the bran and germ are retained.
Barley with its hull is indigestible to humans and therefore has to be pearled. Naked Barley does not require this.

Background to Naked Barley

It is believed Naked Barley originated in Iran and quickly spread throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa and was probably the most important cereal crop of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. However following the introduction of milling wheats during the Iron Age, barley was no longer of interest and used only in animal feed, and as such, the lower yielding naked types were no longer of interest.

Benefits of Naked Barley

  • Shown to Reduce Blood Cholesterol Levels – This is due to its rich source of complex carbohydrates, especially beta-glucan soluble fibres which are also found in oats.
  • Helps to Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes – Barley starch is broken down to release sugar into the blood over a longer period of time, preventing spikes of blood sugar insulin
  • Low Glycemic Index – Naked barley is shown to have a low glycemic index and even lower than pearled barley, which cannot be classed as wholegrain
  • Sustainable Crop – When grown conventionally, Naked Barley requires far less inputs than wheat and is suitable for growing in adverse conditions

How Can Naked Barley be Used?

  • Barley Flour for bread, pastry, pasta, cakes & biscuits
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Malt
  • Soft Drinks
  • Thickening agent for cooking
Pirona being grown
12th April 2016, taken 20 days
after drilling, showing a good
root structure for scavenging nutrients
Pirona being grown
12th April 2016 Pirona being grown in Cambridge on an organic farm.
Picture shows crops vigour after only 20 days of growth

Availability

After a successful first harvest in 2016, we have both organic and conventional naked barley to offer from harvest 2017.

We can offer Naked Barley Seed in 500kg bags as well as Naked Barley Grain in 25kg or 500kg bags.

Please email for further information or to place your order.

Naked Barley