Ancient Grains to Try October 20 2015

Ancient grains - like farro, millet, spelt, and quinoa - have not only existed but have largely been unchanged for millennia. In recent years, the popularity of these “ancient grains” has skyrocketed - and for good reason. Incorporating more grain varieties into one’s diet offers a wealth of nutrients while equally making meals more interesting!

Get to know some of the most popular ancient grains below and how you can start adding them to your meals:

Millet-  This gluten-free grain is packed with magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese and is available in white, gray, yellow, and red varieties. Its mild and slightly nutty flavor mixes well with veggies, chicken and some of your favorite La Flor Herbs and Spices for a savory dinner. This recipe of Millet-Stuffed Peppers is easy to make and is ready in less than an hour.

Spelt- This ancient grain that originated back in 5,000 B.C. contains 5.5 grams of protein as well as 3.8 grams of fiber in just a half-cup. Most often, you’ll find this wheat variety in breads, bagels, tortillas, and pastas. Try making some Spelt Biscuits as your next side dish.

Farro- An ancient variety of wheat, farro is still commonly used throughout Italy. It is a high fiber whole grain with a woody but hearty flavor that mixes well in hearty soups and stews. This slow-cooker Mediterranean Kale & Cannellini Stew with Farro recipe is sure to please.

Quinoa- Often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a gluten-free seed that can be used in place of pasta, couscous, or oats in your breakfast - taking on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with. Start your day the healthier way with this Strawberry Kiwi Quinoa Breakfast Parfait.

Looking to start switching up your grain varieties? Be sure to purchase La Flor's Quinoa. To cook, bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of uncooked La Flor Quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed (15 - 20 minutes).


When taste is everything, La Flor is all you need to transform your everyday meal into an extraordinary culinary delight. Shop our full selection of spices, herbs, and blends on the web - keep it spicy, America!