Triticum spelta, is an ancient grain cultivated since 5000 bc. Isn't that cool? I love the stories around food. Spelt was supposedly brought from the middle east to Europe and then eventually to the united states,cultivated by Amish. They do not hybridize their plants, due to religious practices. This means spelt was able to survive in its current, wonderfully near ancient form, thanks to their communities. It has a most lovely nutritional makeup, filled with vitamin b complex, vitamin E, niacin, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron.