Our Healthy Minor Cereals research has respond to consumers’ increasing demands for healthy, nutritious, and innovative food produced sustainably. Our knowledge on the genetic diversity and nutritional density of spelt, rye, oats, emmer and einkorn has been very rewarding. The varieties of rye from Poland, Estonia, Austria and Germany have performed well in the North East. We also know that plant breeders are crossing spelt with wheat varieties to make the crop more beneficial to farmers and producers but reluctant to share this with bakers and consumers. Our new True Spelt initiative is a purity guarantee commitment to consumers.
Our own 2018 bread wheat crop trials and evaluations have benefited from the great spring and summer weather, so far. The heritage wheat Red Russian (main photo) is looking particularly good and we hope this and the new landrace population will be successful as a new flour for you, our bakers. Two varieties to Gilchesters, Ehogold and Edelmann from Austria also look promising after a good summer in the glorious sunshine