Organic Amaranth Grain dates back hundreds of years to the Aztecs in Mexico. It offers an unusually high quality protein and is high quality protein and is high in fiber. Amaranth Grain has a nutty flavor and can be combined with wheat flour in breads, pasta, pancakes and other recipes. Available in 25 LB master cases or 5 LB partial bags.
Black Eyed Peas (Vigna Unguiculata) are related to the Mung Bean. These beans are medium sized cream colored beans with a ‘Black Eye’ on the inner curve of the bean. Black Eyed Peas are about 3/8 long and have a sweet, mild pea-like flavor and firm texture. The Black Eyed Pea absorbs the flavors of a dish very well. Also referred to as a Black Eyed bean, Cow Pea, Field Pea, Tonkin Pea, China Pea, Marble Pea, Brown Eyed Pea, Jerusalem Pea, Black Eyed Suzy and Lobhia.This bean is believed to have originated in Eastern Asia. It was brought to the Americas with the African slave trade. Black Eyed Beans were a staple of many plantation diets. Eaten on New Year’s Day, Black Eyed Beans are thought to bring good luck for the following year.
This fast cooking legume lends itself to many recipes. It mixes well with a variety of greens, including Okra, Collard and Swiss Chard. Hoppin’ John is a traditional souther recipe using this bean.
Soak overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes until tender. Do not over stir or the soft skins can be damaged. One cup dry yields 2 cups cooked.
Chana Dal (Pisum Sativum) are small peas which are peeled and cut in half. This type of Legume dates from 6000 BCE and have been found buried with Egyptian mummies. They were brought to India by the Greeks and are now an important staple food in South Asia.
When cooked they lose their shape and are excellent for thickening soups and stews. Typically used with curry, they can be seasoned with many different herbs.
Rinse 1 cup of dry peas in several changes of cold water, until water runs clear. Cover with unsalted water, bring to boil over medium-high heat, cook for 25-30 minutes until peas are tender but still firm. One cup dry yields 2 cups cooked.
Farro has seen a surge in popularity thanks to its excellent taste and adaptability. Now in couscous form, the nutty flavor and delightful chewy texture enhances a range of dishes from meat ragu to seafood stew, or even eaten simply drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Because it is easily digested and low in gluten, farro can often be eaten by people who are normally gluten-intolerant.
Corn is the only grain whose origin can be traced to the Americas. When Christopher Columbus landed in modern day Cuba some of his crew went inland and came across maize. Corn was then brought back to Europe. In Italy Corn is most often served as Polenta. This dish comes from the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. Polenta can carry many different flavors and is a filling, nutritious dish. Fine Polenta has a slightly less coarse grind than traditional Polenta and has a shorter cooking time.
Farro is an unhybridized ancestor of modern wheat. It has a hearty, nutty flavor and has been grown throughout Europe for centuries. Today, with renewed interest in traditional and organic foods, farro is featured on the menus of many of the best restaurants in Italy and is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. Farro is a cereal grain. Unlike wheat, the farro husk adheres to the grain, just as in barley and oats. Its fiber content is therefore high and so are its nutrients. Vitamin E, an antioxidant important to health and disease resistance, is prevalent in farro. Protein content is high also and when combined with legumes, it forms a complete protein source.