Einkorn Grain – Information and Advice

Origin and History

Einkorn, translated from German to English, means ‘single grain’. To put it simply, this is where Einkorn wheat grain gets the name from. 

Einkorn wheat is thought to be the first species of plant grown and cultivated (dating 8650 BCE to 7950 BCE). It’s a true heritage grain. Genetic research tells us that einkorn was first grown in south Turkey

What does Einkorn taste like?

Similar to general wheat, but with a deep, rich, sweet and nutty tone.

Characteristics of the Grain

When baked, Einkorn turns a golden colour. This is due in part to a high amount of carotenoids.

Einkorn is favoured for its health benefits. The grain contains lutein. In the body, carotene and lutein convert to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps boost vision and eye health. Furthermore, vitamin A is known to improve the immune system. Carotenoids are natural antioxidants and can help improve skin.

Einkorn is known to possess a low level of gluten.

The parent plant has tight husks and small berries. As a result, it’s able to withstand harsh growing conditions unlike other common wheat. However, the wheat grows tall which can make it vulnerable to strong winds. The yield of Einkorn fields can be impacted if the wheat is blown down by high wind.

Einkorn grain berries
Einkorn grain berries

Uses

It’s commonly used in breads, pancakes and sourdough starters. Use it as a full replacement flour or as part of a mix.

Einkorn Wheat
Einkorn Wheat being grown

What’s a Heritage Grain?

Grain grown prior to cross plant breeding techniques that occurred largely in the early 1900s. Additionally, these types of grain have remained unchanged for centuries. Heritage grains include wheat, rye, and barley.

In the early to mid 1900’s heritage grains were often succeeded by cross pollinated variations. These modern hybrid grains were engineered to create larger yields and benefit from high nitrogen content soil. However, in contrast to their modern counterparts, heritage grain plants tend to be more robust, resilient and adaptable.

Einkorn, and emmer are common heritage grains used today. Artisan bakers are now opting to use these pure grains in their baking more and more.

You can mill your own Einkorn at home with one of these grain mills.

Einkorn ground milled flour
Einkorn ground milled flour

Home Grain Mills We Sell

  • Mockmill 100 Grain MillMockmill 100 Lifestyle Picture
    £229.00  Inc. UK Tax

    Free UK delivery iconCompact grain mill design to minimise work space. The Mockmill 100 is a great starter mill for any budding baker. Mill fresh grains, spices and salt with ease.

    • Mill 100g of fine flour in a minute
    • Includes free grain
    • Multifunctional for peas, seeds, wheat and spices
    • Made with renewable materials
    • The freshest flour when you want it
    • Hard-wearing ceramic mill-wheel
    • Adjustable 10 point control for grind coarseness

     

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  • Mockmill 200 Grain MillMockmill 200 grain mill in a kitchen
    £299.00  Inc. UK Tax

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    Mill fresh flour from grain with ease. We’re proud to ship the Mockmill 200 grain mills and grinders from the UK.

    • Electric grain mill with 200G per minute capability.
    • Comes with free grain
    • Adjustable 10 point control for coarse to fine milling,
    • Robust ceramic milling stone.
    • Environment friendly materials.
    • Compact design.
    • Can be used to grind grains, spices and cereals, pulses and more.
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  • Mockmill Lino 100 Grain MillMockmill Lino Grain Mill - Perspective
    £389.00£469.00  Inc. UK Tax

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    The Mockmill Lino grain mills are made up of two models. Both are distinguishable by their motor. The 100 mill is capable of a 100G of fine flour per minute whereas the 200 is capable of 200G of fresh, fine flour per minute. The Lino 100 is a great mill for the starter miller and the Lino 200 would suit the more impatient, who want flour fast!

    • Easy to operate electric mill.
    • 10-point adjustable control for coarse to fine.
    • 100: Outputs 100 grams of soft wheat / minute.
    • 200: Outputs 200 grams of soft wheat / minute.
    • Sturdy and robust motor.
    • Ceramic milling stone (90mm).
    • Casing: Wood and Arboblend® (bio-plastic).
    • Made in Germany.
    • Shipped from the UK.
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  • Komo Fidibus 21 Grain Mill FrontFidibus 21 Grain Mill Out of Stock
    £231.60  Inc. UK Tax

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    The Fidibus 21 grain mill from Komo is a classic among the Komo grain mill collection.

    The traditional design grinds with great efficiency and low noise. Perfect for grinding fine flour from grain in an instance.

    • Composite granite mill stones.
    • Fine Beech housing.
    • Perfect for wheat milling.
    • 100G p/m flour output
    • Adjust fine to course output.
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The Grains We Stock

  • Scotland the Bread GrainRye Grain - Scotland the Bread
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    Organic Food Icon3 Types of grain from Scottish producer Scotland the Bread.

    • Wakelyn’s YQ organic wheat grain
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  • Emmer Grain - Gilchesters Organics Out of Stock
    £3.99£14.99

    Organic Food IconUK-grown wholemeal Emmer grain from Gilchesters. The organic and ancient grain is ideal for milling Emmer flour.

    • Use in common bread baking.
    • Organically grown and additive free.
    • Grown in Northumberland, UK.

    The grain is organic and may contain traces of other seeds.

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  • Rye Grain GilchestersGilchesters Rye Grain
    £2.25£6.99

    Organic Food IconA superb UK-grown rye grain from Gilchesters. The organic rye grain packs huge flavour that does not disappoint. Expand your taste depth, mill great flour and enhance common bakes.

    • Use to build nutty, sweet and malty flavour in your baking.
    • Balance with other common wheat grains for a better crumb.
    • Rye is a heritage grain for use in bread, pastries and cookies.
    • Low gluten content.

    The grain is organic and may contain traces of other seeds.

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  • Wholemeal spelt grain Gilchesters
    £3.20£12.00

    Organic Food IconA UK produced spelt grain from Gilchesters. This organic spelt grain is suitable for home milling. Use as a wheat replacement or in combination with other wheat varieties. Packed full of fiber, protein, zinc and B vitamins.

    • Spelt is generally light and mild in taste.
    • Can improve and aid digestion.
    • Spelt is an ancient heritage grain.
    • for use in bread, risotto, pastries and cookies.
    • High mineral content.
    • No additives.

    The grain is organic and may contain traces of other seeds.

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