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“Wonder Grain” Spelt Supplies Running Low In The U.K.

May 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A steep rise in worldwide demand for the ancient grain spelt, a distant cousin of wheat, is causing a scarcity in the U.K., producers say. The immediate impact is a doubling of the price of the “wonder grain” that sustained the Roman army 2,000 years ago. The dwindling supply of spelt flour is forcing some bakers to stop spelt bread making altogether. Great Britain’s largest spelt  flour maker Sharpham Park is rationing supplies to current customers and turning away new business. One of the main reasons for spelt’s increased popularity is the fact that it has a ”unique gluten structure” that makes digestion easier.
Rebecca Smithers, "Spelt flour 'wonder grain' set for a price hike as supplies run low", The Guardian, May 15, 2014, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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