Have you ever heard of Kernza? If not, you’re not alone. This underappreciated grain was developed by The Land Institute in 2008, and its many nutritional and environmental benefits mean you will probably be hearing more about it in the near future.
What is Kernza?
Kernza is a form of wheatgrass, but what makes it stand out from other commercial crops is that it’s grown from a single seed that regrows year after year. Unlike wheat or barley, which must be replanted each season, Kernza regrows itself, eliminating soil-degrading replanting methods and reducing the need for water, fertilizer, and energy. Its deep root systems also extend down ten feet, making it great for storing carbon.
How is Kernza used?
Much like other grains, Kernza has a sweet, nutty flavor and can be used to make breads and cereals. It’s currently most commonly found in ground flour form, but it can even be malted or directly added to beer and whiskey.
Image source: The Land Institute