Have you heard of Kernza?
Probably not, since it’s so new. But, if it works, it’ll be a big benefit for seemingly everyone involved in health AND the environment! As you know, MySeeds is all about ‘going green’ and with Kernza, it’ll make a lot more green possible. It’s super interesting stuff that could be bringing a nice new taste to your table soon, so read on and get the interesting facts!
What is it?
It’s a new grain that’s related to wheat. However, unlike wheat, you don’t have to keep digging it up and re-planting it every time you want more. It just keeps coming up and making “Sweet and nutty tasting” grain for you to eat year after year.
Why is it better than some other types?
It has a 10 foot long root! That’s super big for anything related to ‘grasses’. This means it’s not only drought tolerant, but helps stop erosion too. It helps prevent nitrogen leaching away, and pollinating insects can enjoy its flowers. It requires less work (no re-planting it all the time) so it might be cheaper to raise.
What will help ensure I actually get some?
Do you know about “Einkorn”? It’s name means “1 kernel”, and it’s a gluten free type of wheat. You can make flour, bread, and whatever else with it. However, it’s uncommon enough that most people have never heard of it. It’s also pretty costly when you CAN find it, because not everybody grows it. Sure, it would be beneficial for the gluten intolerant, but, they’d need to know about it and be able to reasonably afford it like everyone else does with regular flour. With such big environmental issues on EVERY-one’s table, the success of Kernza could mean the success of pollinators, soil, farmers…and much more!
Well…General Mills & Cascadian Farm will be seeing to it!
With some giants like that in Kernza’s corner, it would be off to a good start. Cascadian Farms cereals are already enjoyed over lots of stores’ shelves. And, being grain based they’re a perfect spot to start with this stuff. Plus “Lightly sweet and a little nutty” sounds quite compatible with what people look for at the breakfast table. You hear so much negative news, that it’s such a breath of fresh air when a big company does something cool for the environment like supporting an eco-friendly (and tasty) food source like this.
Well, what does this have to do with chia seeds?
Not everything right now. But, chia itself is pretty environmentally friendly too. It has special oils in the stems and leaves that insects and pests don’t like. (One of its relatives is the mint plant–those are known for their powerful mint scent and oils that bugs hate) It also grows where other crops don’t like to, so it’s not as much an ‘over-farming’ type of threat.
And, if “Kernza Flour” or something appears on store shelves, of course we’ll be giving it a test in our Test Kitchen for fun! And, of course, to see what sort of cool chia recipes we can whip up with it, and then share with you. Maybe some pancakes? Or a hearty banana bread? We’re looking forward to the success of this new grain, and with this new info, we hope you are too!