I was recently contacted by Jovial Foods to try out their Einkorn pasta, made of a different kind of wheat, an ancient grain now grown in Italy. It has a high level of protein as well as other beneficial nutritional benefits.
Einkorn is very different from all other varieties of wheat. It was the first species of wheat grown by man more than 12,000 years ago. Now considered a relic crop, it has practically been forgotten because its yield is low in the fields and its type of gluten makes bread-baking a challenge.
The grain is high in Thiamin, essential dietary and trace minerals, a good source of protein, iron, dietary fiber and a number of B Vitamins, contains a significant amount of the powerful antioxidant Lutein, and has a higher Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) than durum and bread wheat. It has a higher content of proteins, tocols and carotenoids than other species of wheat and a lower percentage of nutrient loss during processing.
Einkorn is genetically pure, exceptionally nutritious and surprisingly delicious. It is the healthiest form of wheat because it has never been hybridized. Einkorn is a perfect choice as a nutritious and unique alternative grain for those seeking a healthy option to modern wheat. Though there are some initial in-vitro studies that indicate einkorn is suspected to be less toxic than other species of wheat, Celiac Patients should not consume einkorn products until further clinical studies are completed and their findings are evaluated by the FDA.
The pasta looks like a typical whole wheat pasta, with a suggested cooking time of 13 minutes. We tried it several times, each time shortening the cooking time, as we felt that 13 minutes ended up with pasta that was too soft. I personally felt that 8 or 9 minutes was right for my preferences. The consistency is similar to other whole wheat pastas as well, though, to me, it seems softer overall. It definitely has a nuttier flavor than I am accustomed to, but did not overpower the variety of sauces we tried it with. I preferred it with asian-style flavorings the most.
Read a great article from their blog on Carbohydrates for Athletes and Active Individuals.
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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Jovial Foods. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the item a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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