Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Dinkel or Spelt?
Dinkel (also known as Spelt) is an ancient relative of wheat. It is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and then introduced to the Middle East more than 9000 years ago. Since then it has spread over the European continent. Very recently, Dinkel has enjoyed renewed popularity in Europe as a result of translations of mystical writings of 12th-century healer St. Hildegard of Bingen, who praised spelt as the grain best tolerated by the body.
Today Dinkel is being used in the West in much the same way as wheat; the main distinction is that people with allergies to wheat frequently do not react to Dinkel. Although Dinkel contains gluten, those with gluten sensitivity – even celiacs – can usually tolerate it. In addition, Dinkel is appreciated as much for its hearty nut-like flavor as for its healing qualities.
The grain berry grows an exceptionally thick husk that protects it from pollutants and insects. It is stored with its husk intact, so it remains fresher. Thus, unlike other grains, it is not normally treated with pesticides or other chemicals. The strong protective husk may also be a metaphorical signature of this grain’s capacity to strengthen immunity.
Dinkel is richly supplied with nutrients. In general, it is higher in protein, fat, and fiber than most other varieties of wheat. An important feature is its highly water-soluble fibre, which dissolves easily and allows for efficient nutrient assimilation by the body.
To use Dinkel in baked goods, cereals, and other dishes calling for wheat or other grains, substitute it one for one. Dinkel is becoming widely available in the form of pastas, cereals, breads, flour, and whole-grain berry. When using Dinkel for healing debilitated conditons, it is often best in a thin porridge or congee. Dinkel has been used as an adjunct in the treatment of many disorders, especially chronic digestive problems of all kinds, chronic infections (herpes, AIDS), nerve and bone disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis), cancer, and antibiotic side effects.