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Canadian Heritage Series:
Organic Stone Ground BC Grown Marquis
In 1892, driven by a desire to grow a high-yield Canadian wheat that would ripen before early fall frosts, Dr. William Saunders decided to cross Hard Red Calcutta wheat with Red Fife to create Marquis
Agriculture Canada first distributed Marquis in 1909 & it quickly rose in popularity. In 1911, Marquis took the honours when Canadian Pacific Railway offered $1,000 in gold for the best wheat variety.
By 1918, Marquis occupied more than 80% of Canada’s total wheat acreage.
Renowned for its milling and baking qualities, we slowly stone mill whole Marquis flour at low temperatures to preserve its subtle yet rich flavour.
Canadian Heritage Series:
Organic Stone Ground BC Grown Bishop
Bishop is Canada’s first hard white wheat. It’s a cross between Ladoga and Gehn developed by Agriculture Canada in 1892.
Bishop kernels can be strikingly white in appearance, much different from hard red wheat kernels which typically are amber.
Because of the overwhelming popularity of hard red wheat in the 1890’s, Bishop wasn’t registered by Agriculture Canada, and was never grown commercially.
Bishop has slightly less protein than a typical hard red wheat, and delivers its own unique, slightly sweeter flavour.
We slowly stone mill whole Bishop flour at low temperatures to preserve its flavour. Whole Bishop flour can be substituted for whole wheat flour in your recipes. “Whole” simply means we grind the entire kernel and nothing is added or removed.
Organic Stone Ground BC Grown Red Fife Heritage Wheat
Red Fife Wheat is the genetic grandparent of most Canadian wheat grown today and a vital part of modern wheat breeding in Canada and much of the world
Its name is derived from David Fife, a farmer in the Peterborough area, who in 1842 began growing some kernels he received from Scotland. The wheat flourished like nothing before it had in Canada
Over time, Red Fife wheat was hybridized with other varieties for reasons of better disease resistance, improved yields and shorter growing season. One factor not considered was the effects of hybridization on the TASTE!
Red Fife is characterized by an exceptional nutty and robust flavour.
At True Grain, we slowly mill Organic Red Fife Grain at low temperatures to preserve the flavour
Our signature wheat breads, such as our Red Fife Sourdough, Cracked Grain and Farmer’s Loaf are made exclusively with Red Fife. Look for the Red Fife symbol on our menu and shelf signage
Our Red Fife is available in whole-ground sifted kernel porridge or bran email us for details [email protected]
Spelt is a cereal grain that is believed to have evolved as a hybrid of emmer and a wild goat grass.
Spelt is growing in popularity among discerning North American consumers who value its nutty flavour and high nutritional value.
Spelt has been recognized for its high protein content (about 10-25% higher than that of conventional hard red wheat), broad spectrum of easily absorbed nutrients, its exceptional hypoallergenic properties, and its suitability as an organically grown crop.
At True Grain Bread we make our Whole Spelt with certified organic whole spelt grain grown in Armstrong, BC. The grain is milled freshly at True Grain Mill and naturally leavened, with the addition of water, salt and a hint of flax. True Grain Bread’s whole spelt is a golden brown, dense flavourful loaf.
Our light spelt and spelt baguettes are made with sifted spelt flour. The removal of the dense bran in the milling process creates a lighter fluffier loaf with a unique spelt flavour.
Our Spelt is available in whole-ground sifted kernel porridge or bran email us for details [email protected]
Khorasan is the third oldest of the ancient grains (after einkorn and emmer)
Khorasan is thought to be the ancestor of todays durum wheat family. Durum wheat is particularly favourable for making pasta.
The most popular brand of khorasan is Kamut® (pronounced “Ka’moot”) is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat. Kamut®’s name is comes from the ancient Egyptian word for “wheat”
Khorasan wheat may be a good alternative for those suffering from wheat sensitivities. Khorasan is a wheat, but since it is in a simpler form the gluten structure is different than todays modern wheat varieties.
At True Grain Bread, the Khorasan Pumpkinseed loaf is quickly becoming one of the most popular loaves due to its unique characteristics and “wheat free” following.
Our Khorasan is available in whole-ground sifted or kernel – email us for details [email protected]
Organic Stone Ground BC Grown Emmer
Emmer is a delicate long grain with an exceptional full-bodied taste.
Emmer Emmer is an ancient hulled grain whose ancestory dates back over 8,000 years and is believed to be a cross between Einkorn and a wild grass.
It was the first cereal grain cultivated by humans and is largely credited with allowing humans to evolve from hunter gatherers to agricultural societies.
Our experience is that manny people who suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity find they can digest Emmer products because of its simple genetic make-up (28 chromosomes vs 42 in modern wheat)
Our Emmer is available in whole-ground sifted kernel porridge or bran – email us for details [email protected]
Organic Stone Ground BC Grown Rye
Rye is a grass grown extensively as a grain and as a forage crop. It is a member of the wheat tribe and is closely related to barley and wheat.
Rye grain is used for flour, rye bread, fermented for alcoholic beverages. It can also be eaten whole, either as boiled rye berries, or by being rolled, similar to rolled oats.
Rye flour has a lower gluten content than wheat flour, and contains a higher proportion of soluble fiber.
Rye bread is a widely eaten food in Northern and Eastern Europe. A whole rye bread is typically very dense. It is often lightened by mixing with wheat or less commonly by sifting off the heavy outer component of the kernel, the bran, and using the flour.
Our rye is available in whole-ground sifted kernel or bran – email us for details [email protected]
We are the ONLY commercial source of (certified) organic Vancouver Island Grown Wheat
Vancouver Island Farmers used to grow much of their own grain in the early 1900’s. In the last 50 years the grain farmer as well as the whole infrastructure that supported the local grain growing industry has all but disappeared.
We have partnered with passionate organic grain farmers on Vancouver Island to grow and mill this great tasting wheat that helps us secure our planet as well as our food security.
Our Organic Island wheat is available in whole sifted or bran while quantities are available. We may also have access to non-organic Island Grown wheat. email [email protected] for more information