Honoring the past, looking to the future.
Based in Southern California by way of Barcelona, Spain, Revival Einkorn is the culmination of a decades long, single-minded pursuit to bring nutritious, whole and regenerative foods to market. A unique collaborative effort driven by an international crew of nutritionists, designers, bakers, millers, supply-chain pros, financiers, and more, Revival Einkorn seeks to change the way we eat by reviving the ancient food wisdom the modern world left behind.
Twenty years is just a blip when compared to the history of einkorn, which dates back more than 14,000 years, but in the world of natural and organic foods, it’s a lifetime. And, a lifetime is exactly what Revival Einkorn founder, Werner Forster, has devoted to his hunt for a truly revolutionary grain.
Forster didn’t start out looking for a better wheat. Early on he observed firsthand the alarming trends tied to our increasing dependence on processed foods and decided to do something about it. With years spent disrupting commercial food industries—revolutionizing decades of harmful growing practices within the organic fruit trade and pioneering practices to make aquaculture truly healthful, regenerative, and sustainable—Forster and his wife, Maria, are now disrupting the business of deficient wheat with Revival Einkorn’s painstakingly perfected einkorn products. After so many years of dedicated work, Werner, Maria, and the entire Revival Einkorn team are thrilled to share these delicious, nutritious einkorn products with you.
Once upon a time...
Wheat was the staff of life – that wheat was einkorn. Likely the very first grain to be domesticated, einkorn helped give rise to the earliest civilizations, fueling the human drive towards exploration and discovery. But, not all wheat is created equal. Over the last century, the rush to provide a cheap and shippable cereal crop led to hybridized varieties being stripped of what made the first wheat, Revival Einkorn, such a vital and life-giving food source.
Wheat has been intensely subjected to hybridization since the 1950s. As a result, modern wheat has a genome of more than 150,000 genes, 15 times as many as the wheat grown and eaten at the beginning of the 20th century. Einkorn’s nutritional value, low-immunogenic profile, support of healthy inflammation balance, and contribution to intestinal health highlight its superiority and enormous potential. And last but certainly not least, is einkorn's excpetional flavor. It tastes how wheat should taste – kind of nutty and wholesome with a natural, earthy sweetness.
Organically and sustainably farmed the old-fashioned way.
Revival Einkorn is grown with care on small family farms in Spain where slow-food, and time with friends and family is cherished and celebrated. Wheat is grown here as it has been for centuries – naturally without any pesticides or fertilizers. Einkorn's deep root system means it doesn't require irrigation and thrives on seasonal rainfall and in the prevailing high winds that can be substantial here - which in turn keep the einkorn healthy and strong.
Minimally processed, einkorn is first de-hulled to remove its protective shell and to expose the wheat berry. Einkorn berries are delicious on their own cooked or toasted on soups, salads, and pasta. For our products, the berries are stone-milled to preserve their exceptional flavor and nutrition.
The sustainable wheat.
As mentioned previously, due to its protective hull and deep root system einkorn can be cultivated in ecologically sound and regenerative ways – in marginal areas where other species can’t survive. Hybridization and genetic engineering have greatly increased the yields of modern wheats, but it's been at quite a cost. Modern wheats are grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which impoverish the soil and significantly contribute to human-caused climate change as well as allergy problems and numerous other health, digestion, and inflammation issues for those who consume it.
The other big problem, and perhaps more important in these times of drought is the fact that modern wheats require a lot of water. To further this inefficient chain of events – much of the wheat that's processed goes to feed livestock.
Einkorn is the right wheat at the right time – and we're here to share it with a hungry world.