What is rye’s story?
Rye appeared in Europe as a weed alongside wheat and barley. Ironic, since rye itself has weed-suppressing qualities. It is a soil-building cover crop that absorbs unused nitrogen in the soil, thereby reducing soil erosion. Its root system is also great at retaining water.
Why is rye so popular in the Nordics?
Because it does well in damp and cold temperatures. It is a hardy crop that can feed many. In other parts of the world, rye is pretty alternative.
What are rye’s best qualities?
Rye is very nourishing and supports our digestive system. It is low in gluten and rich in fiber, high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, vitamin E, calcium, iron, and potassium.
How is rye processed?
Rye has an inedible hull that needs to be removed before processing.
You’ll find sprouted rye kernels, a.k.a. rye berries as an ingredient in bread. Then there’s milled rye – in all shades, incl. whole grain. Chopped rye resembles steel cut oats, and rye flakes are the equivalent to rolled oats.
Farm animals get rye grains and hay.