I’m one of those Weirdos, so please don’t take offense!
If, like me, you have to remove Gluten from your, your partner’s or family’s diet, then spelt flour is a really good alternative and can be used to replace common wheat in any recipe. Your recipe will, in fact, end up being more tasty (slightly nutty taste) and yourself and/or your family will end up feeling more satisfied than before.
But be careful, in France, there exist two different types of Spelt Flour: “Grand Epeautre” (Large Spelt) and “Petit Epeautre” (Small Spelt). We are only going to be interested in the “Petit Epeautre”.
Its official name is “Tritivum aestevum Var”. It is the ancient family friend of our modern, common wheat. This grain was originally grown in certain Far Eastern countries around 5000 to 6000 BC, also in the States and Europe and its popularity was widespread before the industrial revolution. However, agricultural methods changed over time, leading to an overall preference for common wheat, which was a lot easier to process; spelt then began to diminish in popularity, until very recently…
Today it is becoming more and more well known as an alternative to Gluten free diets.
But “Petit Epeautre” isn’t Gluten Free (it contains 7% gluten), so how does that work then?
Well the gluten contained in Spelt is different from that contained in common wheat. It has a higher fibre, protein and fat content than wheat and a slightly nutty taste. The carbohydrates that it contains are called mucopolysacharides and these are what make this grain interesting. When eaten, the carbohydrates have a stimulating effect on the body’s immune system, which helps to increase the body’s resistance to infection. It is also highly soluble, which means that your body will assimilate it much more easily than the common, processed wheat, that we are so used to eating.
Once you have tried “Farine de Petit Epeautre” for the first time and decided that you like it, I would suggest buying it in larger quantities, which will end up being a lot cheaper for you.
Most Organic Shops (usually the only places you will be able to buy this flour) sell it in regulat rkg or 1.5kg bags. However, if you can find the flour in a larger format, such as 7.5kg bags, then it will make a significant difference to your pocket.
PS: “Botanique”, in Mouans-Sartoux sell the larger bags of Spelt flour.
If you don’t know this shop, just type it into Google or another search engine and it will come up with all the details.
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