I saw this whole wheat pasta at the grocery store and had to find out what it was all about. Is it superior to other 100% whole wheat pasta?
Einkorn, or triticum monococcum, is a species of wheat, specifically the first species of wheat to be cultivated. It has tough husks and grows in poor soil where other species of wheat cannot. Because this species has remained unchanged since its cultivation thousands of years ago, it really is wheat at its purest form. Today, the wheat that makes up our breads and pastas has been modified to grow more easily and to be a more productive crop. These changes have made wheat more complex and, some argue, less healthy.
So what does eating a pure form of wheat mean for your penne pesto? Not much. Einkorn pasta tastes like other whole wheat pastas. It has a slightly reddish appearance, but cooks and tastes like other high quality whole wheat pasta you may have tried. However, there is some research that suggests that this more pure form of wheat is tolerable to people who have a wheat sensitivity and even those with celiac disease. Bottom line, I think the history behind einkorn is compelling and it can't hurt to choose purest forms of the food we eat over modified versions, but don't expect it to transform your spaghetti and meatballs.
Have you tried einkorn pasta?
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