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Freekeh, Wild Wheat & Ancient Grains

Freekeh, Wild Wheat & Ancient Grains

By Ruth Nieman

Published 2021

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Ruth Nieman

Spelt Triticum aestivum subs. spelta, is also known as Dinkel in German. It is thought to be related closely to the wild wheats of emmer and einkorn that were found during the Neolithic Era in the Near East and Fertile Crescent, the ancestors to modern wheat. However, the actual origins of spelt are more widely debated by archeobotanists, with one hypothesis relating to the geographical location of its earliest archaeological evidence, discovered in Transcaucasia, a region bordering Eastern Europe and Western Asia around 5000 BCE. As this ancient wheat started to spread throughout Europe and became the primary species of wheat grown in Germany and neighbouring countries during this historical period, this assumes the more accurate theory.