Domesticated in the Fertile Crescent (probably present day Turkey or Syria) from a wild wheat at least 10,000 years ago, Emmer has a genuine claim to being an ancient grain. Along with Einkorn it was a staple in the Bronze and Iron Age, but over millennia and as new varieties were selected by farmers, it became confined to isolated often mountainous regions of Asia and Europe.
Emmer fell out of favour because, like its ancient cousins Spelt and Einkorn, it doesn't thresh easily and so after harvest an extra process is required to remove the grain from the ear. The Italians continued to prize it for its flavour and use as a wholegrain for farro, and more recently it's been discovered by a wider audience - by farmers because it fits well into low-input systems and by home cooks and bakers because of its nutty flavour, nutritional profile and gluten profile - which many who struggle with modern wheats find more digestible.
Our Emmer is grown by Ed and Jeremy Dickin at Oak Farm in Lincolnshire and is suitable for yeasted and sourdough breads, pastry and cakes. It's a wholemeal flour stoneground to retain the nutrients and wholesome flavour of wholegrain Emmer.
Organic wheat bran sifted from stone-ground flour milled at the traditional Worsborough water mill in Barnsley.
Bran is the hard outermost layer of wheat grain, a natural by-product of white flour as it's sifted out in milling. It's full of flavour an excellent source of insoluble fibre and other nutrients.
Though we only sell wholemeal flour we still want to find kitchens and bakers keen to use bran and semolina. This is because the process of making white flour involves removing up to 35% of the wheat grain. These parts of the grain, which include semolina and bran, are full of flavour and nutrition. We think it's a pity to feed them to animals or compost them, especially given the effort that goes in to growing them.
Stone-milled at Worsborough Mill in Barnsley from wheat grown in Norfolk.
Wheat bran has a sweet and nutty flavour. It's great with smoothies, yoghurt, porridge or muesli, or added to bread and other baking.
Mix into ingredients for baking (adding to or replacing some of the flour) or sprinkle over porridge, muesli, other cereals, smoothies or yoghurt.
For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold.
Worsborough Mill also handles peanuts, nuts, soya, milk and sesame.
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