Organic Emmer Wheat Berries – 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 lb bags or 35 lbs in 5 gal bucket with white Gamma Seal lid
Emmer (German for “hulled grain”) is one of the earliest forms of cultivated grains. Dating back thousands of years, like Einkorn Emmer was allegedly found in the tombs of ancient Egypt. It is referred to by some as “The Pharaoh’s Wheat”. Emmer in its wild form is a cross between Einkorn and grass. It is unique in flavor, nutritional benefits and genetic makeup. Where modern wheat has 42 chromosomes, Emmer has only 28.
This Emmer is a whole grain product that differs from the Italian import Emmer which is semi-pearled.
Some Additional Emmer Attributes:
- Like Einkorn, is considered an original crop from the advent of agriculture in the fertile crescent
- Emmer is the grandmother of durum, and like durum makes excellent pasta and flatbread
- Emmer contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants as well as fiber and protein
Note on sprouting emmer: Some ancient grains, such as einkorn and emmer, grow natively in a hull that does not separate from the kernel during harvest. Dehulling these grains (removing the hull) is done to prepare them for milling into flour used for baking. Dehulling, however, also results in berries that do not sprout as well as they would if they had been left in the hull. While some of our customers have had decent germination success from some of our emmer, most have not. I do not know why the variation but please don’t buy einkorn or emmer if you need them solely for sprouting.
This is the 5 gallon bucket and lid that the wheat berries come in when the 35 lb option is chosen.
For more information on the bucket, click here.
For more information on the easy-on, easy-off Gamma Seal screw top lid, click here.
Our Emmer comes from Back 40 Organics Ltd., a Century farm in Alberta Canada owned by Bernie and Kary Ehnes, and their children Christopher and Ashton. They farm 2400 acres certified organic since 1990. Their farm is certified organic by GOA and certifications for NOP/GOA, EU 834/2007, COR, and JAS (Japanese certification).
Part of this farm was originally homesteaded by their grandfather in 1911. The seed cleaning facility and main farm are located on the original homestead quarter.
Lately they’ve planted Spring Wheat, Peas, Emmer, Red Fife, and Rye.
Red Fife was grown on this farm back in the earlier years when their grandfather and dad farmed it.