This is a tiny grain (less than 1mm diameter – similar to a poppy seed) and related to the Amaranth grain. It is made up largely of the germ and bran, making it a highly nutritious and valuable grain. Due to it’s size it tends not to be processed to any great degree.
Minerals: calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, potassium.
Vitamins; thiamin, riboflavin, B6, niacin as well as a little Vit. K.
Per 100gm raw serve
Protein: 13g, Carbohydrate: 73g, Sugar: 2g, Fibre: 8g, Fats: 2g
It has a mild and nutty flavour lending itself well to sweet or savoury dishes. Due to it’s size though you need to be very careful when washing the grain. Use a super fine seive and keep a bowl under it to catch the grain.
Raw grain – eaten in it’s whole form and works well in stews, porridge, breads, cakes, biscuits and muffins. Great alternative to mashed potato.
It is sensational as a porridge with yoghurt, cinnamon,banana and cranberries added.
It can also be used as a substitute to Oatmeal.
It’s estimated that 20-40% of the carbohydrates are resistant starches which is a type of dietary fiber that can really benefit blood-sugar management, so especially good for diabetes sufferers, weight control and colon health.
1 cup of cooked grain provides the same amount of calcium as 1/2 cup of cooked spinach!