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Spelt, the happy, healthy grain for Parrots and People

posted by Gudrun @ 16:48 PM
January 22, 2013

A while ago my favorite Italian restaurant (Gallo Nero) here in Portland

offered spelt soup on the menu. I never had spelt soup before. The co- owner and chef, Davide,  had me try a little, and I was hooked. I ate a bowl and took a container home, because it was so good.

Now they change their menu everyday, so I went on the internet to find a recipe to make my own. And because I am a curious person, I started to read more an more about spelt. I already knew that it was very nutritious, because when I lived in Germany we ate it quite a bit.


I knew that the Romans fed it to their soldiers, so they had the strength to march the whole day. In parts of Europe spelt’s heritage goes back to bronze age. Already than it was a staple.

Due to spelt’s high water solubility its nutrients are easily absorbed

and made available to the entire organism with a minimum of digestive work. It is high in protein (significantly higher than wheat), higher in B complex vitamins, and it is high in both simple and complex carbohydrates. These complex carbohydrates are an important factor in blood clotting and stimulating the body’s immune system.

Well, since a while now, I eat it daily and offer it also to the parrots food.

The easiest way to use it, is to slow cook it. I take a thermo can

with an large opening, ad 2 ounces of washed spelt, 4 ounces of boiling water, close it and let it sit over night. The next day I

drain the water and use the spelt in soup, over salad and vegetables

or as breakfast with yogurt and fruits. The birds get it with whatever food they get at any given day and they often pick the spelt out of it.


Here is more info on spelt:



and here the soup recipe:



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