FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of some of the most commonly asked questions from customers.

Are there other names for Einkorn?

Yes, because of it’s ancient origins, einkorn is known by many names across the world: Triticum monococcum (Latin, scientific name), einkorn (German), small spelt (Italian), farro piccolo (Italian), engrain (French), Le petit épautre (French), tiphe (Greek), siyez (Turkish), and sifon (Hebrew). Learn more about the other names for einkorn here.

Where can I learn more about the nutritional benefits of einkorn?

We’ve summarized some important facts about Einkorn nutrition here.

Do you sell einkorn flour?

We do not sell einkorn flour yet but we plan to in the future.  However, we do recommend as a best practice that you grind your own flour.  Flour that is ground and not quickly used oxidizes and quickly loses many of its most valuable nutrients.  We recommend that you grind your own flour and try to always use the flour quickly after grinding.

Do you recommend any specific wheat grinders for making einkorn flour?

Einkorn berries can be ground into flour with almost any counter top mill.  We recommend using a stone or ceramic mill wherever possible but a quality steel mill will also work just fine.  Here are two highly-rated mills that can be purchased online:

Blendtec 52-601-BHM Kitchen Mill 60-Ounce Electric Grain Mill

Blendtec Kitchen Mill

Blendtec Kitchen Mill 60-Ounce Electric Grain Mill ($179.95) – Built to last, durable construction.  This stainless steel mill is made from solid-state electronics, a self-cleaning stainless-steel Micronetic milling chamber, a 10 amp direct-drive motor, permanent lubrication, and a design that won’t overheat. 

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Tribest Wolfgang Grain Mill

Tribest Wolfgang Grain Mill

Tribest Wolfgang Grain Mill ($599.00) – German-engineered and German-made with small, 13.25” profile so it fits in your kitchen.  High production, 3.5 oz/minute grinding capacity for even the finest flours.

Ultra-hard ceramic and corundum millstones.

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Can I use these einkorn berries for seed?

Einkorn Wheat Kernels in the Hull

Einkorn grows natively in a hull that does not separate from the kernel during harvest.  To prepare einkorn for food, we use a dehulling process to remove the hull from the kernel.  The result is einkorn berries ready to be ground into flour and used for baking.

This makes einkorn very unique among varieties of wheat.  Experts say the hull protects the kernel from disease and rot.  As a result of this dehulling process, however,  some of the berries do not sprout as well as they would if they had been left in the hull.

If you plan to use the einkorn you purchase from our website as seed, you should first test a small amount to verify that it does sprout according to your expectations.

At some point in the future, we hope to offer einkorn seeds for sale. For now, they are so rare that it’s impractical to offer them for sale.

Where is this einkorn grown and is it organic?

The einkorn we offer is grown by our partner organic farmers in the western United States & Canada and yes it is organically grown.

How many cups of flour does 1 cup of einkorn berries make?

One cup of einkorn wheat berries will make about 1.5 cups of flour, depending on how finely you grind your flour.

Do you offer pricing for wholesale or bulk orders?

Yes, we are seeking wholesale partners who can offer einkorn in their local areas.  Please complete the bulk and wholesale application, and we’ll get back with you with pricing and wholesale requirements.

69 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Daryl

    Hello what is the shelf life of the wheat berries, are they freezable or storable if we don’t grind them all at once or shortly after buying? Thank you,

    Daryl

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Daryl, yes freezing your berries will help improve the shelf life. This is a preferable way to store if you have resources to do so. Although it wasn’t freezing temperatures, cold storage worked great for pharaoh!

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        1. admin Post author

          Shelf life is decades if you store it in a cool (32 degrees), dry, dark place. If you store in an oxygen absent environment, you can store it in a dry dark place and with the same results.

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        2. lisa

          Wheat berries will last, very literally, for years with a little care. Vacuum sealed bags or jars, or food buckets with O2 absorbers and/or gamma lids will provide safe storage for your wheat berries for upwards of 30 years. After you grind your wheat berries, keep the flour refrigerated for up to 2-3 months, or in the freezer 9-12 months.

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  2. Dalas

    I’m looking for the phytic acid content in einkorn wheat and can’t find anything. Do you have any information on that?? Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dalas, I have not seen studies about the phytic acid content in einkorn. I would be glad to hear any information you come across. I will share it with you if I hear of anything.

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    1. admin Post author

      The prices for US and Canada include the shipping cost. The only reason Canada is more expensive is because of the cost of shipping to Canada from the US.

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      1. jo

        On your website you say it is grown in western Canada and the US. Is this true? If so is it first shipped to the US and then back to Canada again?

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  3. Gary

    Do you measure radiation contamination for your products since you grow them on the West Coast of the US? UC Berkely Nuclear lab reports Fukushima contamination for West Coast produce growers.

    Have or are you testing your products to report such radiation? Usually Radioactive Cesium shows up. Would be interested in the quantity showing up in your organic wheat.

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  4. Tita

    Can einkorn flour be frozen or does it need to be left out in a glass container and what is the shelf life?

    Thank you:)

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    1. admin Post author

      We recommend grinding the flour as you need it because the sooner you bake after making the flour, the faster the antioxidants in the flour will last. Having said that, yes you can freeze it and that will preserve it for a very long time. The best way to store einkorn (berries and flour) is in a cool, dry place protected from weavil/bugs. For pharoah, this method preserved them for thousands of years. I don’t know how long flour would last but for the reasons I just mentioned, I wouldn’t plan to store einkorn in the flour form.

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  5. Patrick Dennis Sears

    I have just finished reading the book, “wheat belly” and in the book it stipulates that einkorn wheat does not create the belly syndrome. Please keep me in mind once you start to manufacture your own flour. Very informative site, thank you

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  6. Alireza

    Dear admin
    I’m student. i need information about condition growth einkorn wheat such as; temperature condition, rainfall…..

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    1. admin Post author

      Einkorn is speculated to have been first grow in the southeast mountains of Turkey, however, it seems to be growing well in the areas where wheat typically grows. Some farmers are even growing it on dry farms.

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  7. xing

    planting…

    we’d like to sacrifice some of our previous purchase to the soil gods.

    is there anything special we need to know about sowing einkorn berries in northern california in november? or is it just as simple as “scatter and cover”?

    thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      You will want to plant 0.5-1 inch deep. I’ve never tried the scatter and cover method but I would imaging it could work if you make sure the seeds are covered and have moisture. Warm temperatures will dry the soil (hence the need for adequate soil moisture) but will stimulate sprouting and establish the plant faster so you need to be careful when you plant.

      Not knowing the weather climate, I am hesitant to recommend planting before spring. Also, make sure you read the FAQ (RE: germination rate) before using the berries for seed.

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    1. admin Post author

      Einkorn is probably the softest wheat I have ever encountered so I’m quite sure it would be classified as a soft wheat.

      Having said that, as a family, we use it for baking all of our breads, cookies, and cakes.

      I hope that helps answer your question.

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  8. Holli

    Does Einkorn have the Kosher Tax mark on their packaging?

    There can be between 400 and 600 Kosher marks, here a a few of the more common ones: the “U”, “K”, Parve, “KAS”, the Star with the K, CRC, HK, COR, or the V mark!

    This is very important to me as I am a non-Jew that refuses to pay this tax to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.

    To learn more about this tax, that 95% of the non-Jew population pays without knowing, go to Youtube and do a search for, “Jewish Kosher Tax”

    Thank you ;0)

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    1. admin Post author

      Einkorn originated in cool climates so that is where it naturally grows best but it seems to be doing well in hot areas as well.

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    1. admin Post author

      Einkorn cannot cross pollinate with the GMO wheat that was found in Oregon, nor with the common wheat of today. The reason is because einkorn is a diploid wheat (14 chromosomes), entirely different than the common wheat and the GMO wheat, which are hexaploid wheats (42 chromosomes). Hexaploid and diploid wheats cannot cross pollinate.

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      1. Rick

        I have also been concerned about GMO cross pollination and appreciate your response but wondered if you would also respond to alleged cross pollination between different species which apparently happened bring law suits against Monsanto. I’m asking because I’m considering planting einkorn but in our area there are many farmers who plant GMO corn and soybeans.

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  9. theo Kincaid

    will I lose weight if I use this berry to make bread and pasta to supplement conventional flour.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Theo, Einkorn does not cause weight loss, although some say it does not accelerate your appetite like common wheat. If you want to lose weight, you will need to do more than to simply add einkorn to your diet.

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  10. Ruth Court

    I want to buy some Einkorn berries but I live in Australia. Can I buy some from you please? Also is your Einkorn wheat the same as the wheat from Italy? Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ruth, Australia will not allow you to import the einkorn berries. I do not know why but this has been our experience.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cyndi,

      Einkorn is probably the softest wheat I have ever encountered so I’m quite sure it would be classified as a soft wheat.

      Having said that, as a family, we use it for baking all of our breads, cookies, and cakes.

      I hope that helps answer your question.

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  11. Gary

    I am thinking of growing my own Einkorn from your berries (I am aware of the lower germination rate), and I was wondering if you could recomened one or more specific machines I could use to dehull the Einkorn. A machine that I could use to dehull Barley and Einkorn on a small scale (a few acres combined between the two crops in the future) would make financially sense for me.

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  12. Carol

    I have 10 einkorn plants in southern Cal (I live in a condo) and I was wondering about harvesting them. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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  13. Stephen Gardipee

    I have grown a small plot of Einkorn wheat. I am having difficulty dehulling it.
    Is there a machine, like a small oat dehulling machine that I can use . How do you dehull your Einkorn wheat?

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  14. Joyce

    very informative and very interesting learning about this wheat from that must be what spoke of as wheat staff of life, wheat is for humans as He told what each animal should be eating. Last Days wheat will be as Gold. (smile) This costs so much and it is so very awesome that people will stock up to barter this awesome wheat for other things, My opinion, just a thought.

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  15. Angie Harrington

    What does Einkorn wheat taste like? In other words, some wheats are described as “nutty”, etc. and I’m just wondering what Einkorn’s taste would be described as before I buy.

    Thank you.

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  16. Lesley

    I want to use Einkorn and other sprouted grain flours for baking in an alkaline diet. By adding yeast to make bread will this make it acid forming. I cannot find this info anywhere.

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  17. Alessandro Testori

    Einkorn with Colorado Ragu’

    Otzi the Iceman had einkorn in his pockets. Einkorn has almost no gluten. 5,000 years ago there was no wheat. Wheat is an invention of modern agricultural selective breeding. Buffalo meat is much lower in cholesterol than beef. Dr Alessandro Testori, MD PhD developed these recipes. If you eat this just once, your gut will not allow you to eat any other pasta. Your gut knows best.

    Serves four people
    Ingredients:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    6 rashers of streaky ‘pancetta’ or bacon, chopped
    2 large onions, chopped
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 carrots, chopped
    Stick of celery
    1kg (2¼lb) lean ground bison meat
    2 large glasses of red wine
    2x400g cans chopped tomatoes
    2 fresh or dried bay leaves
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    800g-1kg/1¾-2¼lb dried Einkorn tagliatelle (from jovial foods, available at Whole Foods Market-note that einkorn pasta is made in Italy, where it is known as “Enkir”)
    freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve

    1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, frying until softened. Increase the heat and add the minced bison beef. Fry it until it has browned. Pour in the wine and boil until it has reduced in volume by about a third. Reduce the temperature and stir in the tomatoes and celery.

    2. Cover with a lid and simmer over a gentle heat for 1-1½ hours until it’s rich and thickened, stirring occasionally. When ready it should look rather dry and not watery or liquidy (like true Bolognese ragu’ should be).

    3. Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water. Einkorn will cook to be “al dente” in about 13 minutes. Drain and divide between plates. Sprinkle a little parmesan over the pasta before adding a good ladleful of the sauce. Finish with a further scattering of cheese and a twist of black pepper.

    If you do not know how to make bolognese ragu’ watch this and learn

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwyCUOijLeE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEuMtD0Skdw

    and remeber RAGU’ HAS TO BE DRY!!!!

    RECIPE: Einkorn with Aspen Ragu’

    Colorado has many ranches who raise yak. Visit the National Stock Show in Denver and you can buy the meat from the ranchers.

    Serves four people
    Ingredients:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    6 rashers of streaky ‘pancetta’ or bacon, chopped
    2 large onions, chopped
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 carrots, chopped
    Stick of celery
    1kg/2¼lb lean ground yak meat
    2 large glasses of red wine
    2x400g cans chopped tomatoes
    2 fresh or dried bay leaves
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    800g-1kg/1¾-2¼lb dried Einkorn tagliatelle (from jovial foods available at Whole Foods Market)
    freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve

    1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, frying until softened. Increase the heat and add the minced beef. Fry it until it has browned. Pour in the wine and boil until it has reduced in volume by about a third. Reduce the temperature and stir in the tomatoes and celery.

    2. Cover with a lid and simmer over a gentle heat for 1-1½ hours until it’s rich and thickened, stirring occasionally. When ready it should look rather dry and not watery or liquidy.

    3. Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water. Einkorn will cook to be “al dente” in about 13 minutes. Drain and divide between plates. Sprinkle a little parmesan over the pasta before adding a good ladleful of the sauce. Finish with a further scattering of cheese and a twist of black pepper.

    EINKORN WITH CLAMS

    3 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt
    1 pound Einkorn Spaghetti or Einkorn linguine (from Jovial foods available at Whole Foods Market)
    12 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    1 pound New Zealand cockles or 24 Manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 cup dry white wine
    1 (14-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes in juice, juice reserved and tomatoes coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

    prepar
    In large pot over moderately high heat, combine 8 quarts of water to boil and salt. Bring to boil, then add linguine and cook to 1 minute short of al dente according to package directions (pasta should still be quite firm-einkorn pasta takes about 13 minutes to cook).
    Meanwhile, in large sauté pan over moderately high heat, heat 6 tablespoons extra- olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add garlic and sauté until just golden, about 30 seconds. Add clams and 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and sauté 1 minute. Add wine, tomatoes and juice, and 1/2 cup parsley and simmer, uncovered, just until clams open, 7 to 8 minutes.
    Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain linguine and add to pan. Simmer, tossing occasionally, until linguine is just tender, about 1 minute. If necessary, add some of reserved cooking water to keep moist. Remove from heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and extra-virgin olive oil, tossing to coat. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.

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  18. S

    I bought some Einkorn from another company and they, too, remove the husk and I can’t get the berries to sprout. If you don’t remove the husks, then you can’t sprout them like other organic wheat berries cuz they have to be removed for human consumption? So Pharaoh had to have sold some kind of gadget so the people could dehull the berries when he sold it to them, or are you saying that the Pharaoh dehulled them before selling them to the people? It can’t be that they could just eat it, if you say you must sell them dehulled. Please clarify.

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, if you like the taste of sawdust, you can eat it with the hulls on. We can only tolerate it with the hull removed. Whether the ancients ate it with the hull removed or not is unclear. I’m guessing they had some method for removing the hull.

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    2. David

      I’m really digging deep into my rusty mental archives here, but my feeble li’l brain says that I used to know something about the ‘ancients’ sprouting most of their grains/seeds before use, then drying them before grinding (malting); this is getting popular again, btw. IF (and it’s a big one) I remember correctly, shortly after putting them in water the hulls come away with some light agitation. I do not remember any other steps, but if this is right the rest should be self-evident. Without access to unhulled seeds, I can’t verify personally, but maybe someone who does, can. Again: this is just from my rusty old brain (from a dusty old library book, most likely). I check here often so if someone can come up with more info it’s appreciated.

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  19. Microfarmmomma

    I know that almost all wheat in the U.S. Is now sprayed with roundup at the time of harvest, even organic, in order to cause a more uniform ripening. Do your farmers follow this practice?

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    1. Scott Whiting

      I also would like to know if the practice of using roundup, or glyphosate, is used by the farmers who provide your einkorn wheat. Either at the time of harvest or an any point during the growing season.

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      1. admin Post author

        Scott – glyphosate/roundup are never used at anytime during harvest or growing season. All of our products are certified organic, which strictly prohibits the use of roundup or glyphosate. We are aware that some farmers out there do spray their crop with glyphosate when it is near harvest so that they can mature the crop evenly. We do not. Instead, we cut the crop and let it dry in the field. This practice allows the crop to mature evenly and does not require the use of any chemicals. A few days later, the combine picks up the dried crop and harvests it.

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  20. Elaine

    I would like to try using Einkorn flour, but would like to avoid a $180 investment into a mill to find out if it is going to work for our family. Would it be possible to use a good blender/processor like a Ninja to grind the berries into flour?

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    1. admin Post author

      I’ve heard of people using their high speed blender to make flour. I’m sure its not as good as having a real home flour mill but is probably a good idea for a test. You just have to make sure you grind it very finely and try not to get it too hot.

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  21. Mehgan

    I’m just beginning to learn more…are einkorn berries (when ground) a 1:1 substitute for modern wheat flour? Does it have similar properties that modern wheat does in terms of a similar final product? I guess I mainly want to know if I order einkorn berries and grind my own flour, can I just use in place of modern flour in all of my favorite recepies, or do additional modifications need to be made to the recepies? Thank you!!!

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    1. admin Post author

      Mehgan, yes, you can replace it 1:1 but you will need to reduce the amount of water (liquid) that you use.

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  22. Lori

    Does Einkorn wheat contain Gliadin protein? If it does, do you know how it compares with the amount of gliadin protein found in regular wheat?
    Thank you!

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  23. matthew

    Does einkorn have enough sugars to be used as a main ingredient for beer? This question from curiosity. This question is from a farming standpoint. I farm around 1000 acres in central texas. Close to San antonio. I am interested in diversifying the crops that the farm produces. Currently we have farmed corn, milo, wheat, oats, sesame, popcorn, cotton, and cucumbers. Who could I talk to about growing einkorn commercially?

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