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.

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  1. Daryl permalink
    May 10, 2012

    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

    • admin permalink*
      May 15, 2012

      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!

  2. Dalas permalink
    July 15, 2012

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

    • admin permalink*
      July 17, 2012

      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.

  3. elizabeth permalink
    July 28, 2012

    Why is Einkorn wheat so much more expensive in Canada (than in the US)?

    • admin permalink*
      August 2, 2012

      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.

      • November 11, 2012

        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?

        • admin permalink*
          November 17, 2012

          It depends where it was originally grown – we have farmers across the northwest.

  4. Gary permalink
    August 6, 2012

    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.

  5. Tita permalink
    August 12, 2012

    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:)

    • admin permalink*
      August 13, 2012

      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.

  6. Patrick Dennis Sears permalink
    August 19, 2012

    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

  7. Alireza permalink
    September 7, 2012

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

    • admin permalink*
      May 3, 2013

      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.

  8. xing permalink
    November 10, 2012

    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!

    • admin permalink*
      November 10, 2012

      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.

  9. Loretta permalink
    December 12, 2012

    Is Einkorn hard or soft wheat? In other words, better for yeast breads or pastries?

    • admin permalink*
      June 19, 2014

      See below…in answer to Carri’s question.

  10. Carri permalink
    December 26, 2012

    Yes, I to need to know if this is considered hard or soft wheat. Thank you
    Carri

    • admin permalink*
      June 19, 2014

      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.

  11. Marishka permalink
    January 20, 2013

    Will you be selling wheat germ.

  12. Shannon permalink
    March 11, 2013

    I am wondering where your farming partners obtained their original starting seed for their crop?

  13. May 25, 2013

    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)

  14. Loren permalink
    May 30, 2013

    In what type of climate will einkorn wheat grow best ?

    • admin permalink*
      May 30, 2013

      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.

  15. Laura Dunn permalink
    June 7, 2013

    Is it possible for GMO wheat to cross pollinate with Einkorn?

    • admin permalink*
      June 12, 2013

      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.

      • Rick permalink
        October 22, 2013

        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.

  16. theo Kincaid permalink
    June 9, 2013

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

    • admin permalink*
      June 12, 2013

      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.

  17. Ruth Court permalink
    July 5, 2013

    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

    • admin permalink*
      July 6, 2013

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

  18. Michal permalink
    July 10, 2013

    I would like to try to grow my own einkorn wheat. What process do you use to “hull” the einkorn?

  19. Cyndi Mitchell permalink
    August 10, 2013

    I am also wanting to know if Einkorn is considered hard of soft wheat.

    • admin permalink*
      June 19, 2014

      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.

  20. Gary permalink
    August 19, 2013

    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.

  21. August 27, 2013

    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

  22. ralph kluth permalink
    June 16, 2014

    Sooo, what would it cost to plant 30 acres? 7197750522

  23. Stephen Gardipee permalink
    October 1, 2014

    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?

  24. Joyce permalink
    November 4, 2014

    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.

  25. Angie Harrington permalink
    November 16, 2014

    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.

    • admin permalink*
      November 24, 2014

      Nutty is a common description of the flavor of einkorn. The flavor is unique and delicious.

  26. Lesley permalink
    November 21, 2014

    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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