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GRAINS

It was in the fertile crescent, comprising modern day Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq and Egypt that the first cereal crops were grown and harvested systematically rather than randomly gathered whenever and wherever they happened to grow.  Were it not for the dry, hard seeds produced by various grasses – collectively referred to as cereal grains – there would be no such thing as cities, states, society or even civilisation. The eighteenth century philosopher, Rousseau, laid the blame of our moral corruption fairly and squarely on grain. The business of growing grain to feed expanding populations, he argued, resulted in mankind “fencing off his land,” leading to a collective from of vanity and moral corruption. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and modern thought may not necessarily blame society’s moral evils on grains per se but they do blame grains for many of the ailments prevalent in developed societies. Those on a paleo diet argue that in a pre-agricultural society human beings consumed nothing other than meat, vegetables and fruit – never grains. Whilst Master in the Kitchen …

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Broadly speaking most of the grains we consume today in the form of milled flours, in breads, cakes, biscuits, pastas, pies, porridges and expressed breakfast cereals derive from dry, unfermented seeds whose true potential has yet to be fully realised.  The grain berry, harvested and stored in silos, lies dormant waiting for the day a drop of rain will coat the seed and encourage germination to begin. Since the seed is effectively being “put on hold” it has no need to utilise any of the nutrients the mother plant has bequeathed it.  The seed’s nutrients can be compared to a valuable inheritance that have been packed up and sealed away in the family chests only to be opened by the immature seed as and when conditions are right. Thus, the complex sugars (or starches) that form the endosperm of the dormant grain are tightly bound together in close-fitting balls. Minerals remain locked up in the phytic acid. Vitamins are held in a closed bank account to prevent the infantile seed from squandering such a valuable …