Spelt: Saint Hildegard calls spelt  the » queen of cereals ». « It is an exellent grain, warm in nature, big and full of strength, and sweeter than other grains.  It gives a flesh of quality and generates a blood of quality, bestows a happy heart and the grace of a good mood ».

Spelt gives good quality fat and thus makes one neither fat nor thin. Spelt is rich in essential amino acids that  the body uses to build the protein necessary to replace the cells of our body that die every day. It is thus a cereal that is highly recommended for the elderly. Spelt is rich in fatty acids and in carbohydrates. It is equally  rich in minerals :  it contains 4 times more magnesium than brown rice and wheat, and 5 times more phosphorus than soja.  100 grams of spelt yield the equivalent of 2 glasses of milk in calcium and is thus very useful in fighting osteoporosis. It is interesting that Dr. Gottfried Hertzka writes that after 30 years of medical practise using Saint Hildegards’s advice, not one of his patients suffering from gluten intolerance ever had an allergic reaction after having eaten non hybrid spelt.

It is possible to buy spelt in different forms :

Whole spelt kernels : This is the complete grain, and can be used in soups, salads and main dishes.

Cracked spelt : Whole kernels that have been coarsely ground and resemble bulghur. Cracked spelt cooks more quickly and is ideal for soup, vegetable dishes and pancakes.  Ir can be used to make the well-known taboulé.

Spelt semolina: is the result of a finer grind whereby the envelope of the grain and the dust of the flour have been removed.  Can be used to make couscous, salads and desserts.

Whole spelt flour :  is the result of  the fine grinding of the entire grain kernel.

White spelt flour : is the whole flour from which the bran has been removed.  It can be incorporated along with whole flour to obtain a lighter bread.

Spelt flakes :  can be easily used to make morning porridge, or added to soups, muffins, cookies and pancakes.

Oats : (complete oats and not the instant oatmeal available)  « Oats are a generous and wholesome food for those who are in good health : it brings them a joyful heart, a clear and sharp intelligence,  a beautiful complexion and healthy flesh. It is not recommended to the sick. »

Rye : « It helps one lose weight and and is good for those who are in good health, but is very hard to digest for those who are ill ».

Cereals not recommended by Saint Hildegard (even if they are organic) :

Barley and  Millet