Ancient Grains - what they are and why they matter.

When you open your pantry do images of the rugged mountains of South America the colorful tablelands of Africa and the fertile river valleys of the Middle East dance before your eyes? If not, you have yet to discover Amaranth, Quinoa, Spelt, Kamut and Teff, the quintet of nutritional powerhouses known as the ancient grains.

There’s a lot of interest in ancient grains these days and with good reason. Ancient grains bring the romance of rustic old worlds into our kitchens. They add new interesting flavours to our meals and put us in touch with a slower more natural way of life.

In this series, we tell you what they are and why they’re enjoying such a revival today.

Their origins many millennia past, their loss over time and their ultimate modern revival - literally tell the story of civilization.