We call it “einkorn” but across the world, Triticum monococcum has many names, and that’s no surprise since it’s the world’s most primitive form of wheat.
Here are the names we’ve collected:
- einkorn (German)
- small spelt (Italian)
- farro piccolo (Italian)
- engrain (French)
- Le petit épautre (French)
- tiphe (Greek)
- siyez (Turkish)
- sifon (Hebrew)
The list of names is significant because each has a meaning that weaves Continue reading
Triticum monococcum is the domesticated form of einkorn wheat, also know as einkorn farro. The wild form of einkorn is called Triticum boeoticum.
Einkorn Wheat Spikelets
Einkorn is a German word that literally means “one kernel”. This unique grain gets its name from the single (one) kernel per spikelet, or husks containing kernels on the head of the grain plant.
Einkorn wheat has a very simple diploid genetic structure, with only 14 chromosomes compared with the hexaploid genetic structure in modern wheat containing 42 chromosomes.
The attractiveness of the einkorn grain to dieticians and health conscious consumers is its nutritional benefits over other types of wheat. Since wheat is such a large contributor to our diets, eating a wheat high in nutrition can greatly contribute to health.