If you haven’t been introduced to spelt yet, let me have the honors. Sometimes it’s hard to get past the grains we all so familiar with: wheat, rye, rice etc.. But our “staff of life” really consists of hundreds of different grains from around the world. Not only is it more healthy and infinitely more tasty to incorporate more grains into our diet, it is better for the environment since we become less dependent on several crops that become susceptible to disease and pests.
Spelt has ancient origins as a staple peasant food and spelt matzo is still baked in Isreal for Passover. Even though spelt was planted throughout the United States in the late 19th century, it was soon replaced by wheat. Now it is being rediscovered because it requires fewer pesticides and is tolorable to some who are allergic to wheat gluten.
Spelt is commonly sold in the form of a coarse pale bread, similar in color and in texture to light rye bread only slightly sweeter and with a nutty flavor. This is where Dr. Kracker comes in! They put this often hard to find grain into an easy to grab cracker. Forget the saltines and triscuits, these crackers peppered with sesame seeds are infinitely more flavorful.
Chances are, you’ll find these crackers at your neighborhood health food store or at Whole Foods but online purchasing opportunities are available at amazon.com and greenshopper.com. They might cost a bit more than your kitchen cabinet staples, but they’ll stick by you much longer.