- Oct 2016
spelt is mentioned in the Bible. I've never heard of it. is it eaten today?Wheat was hardly a common staple food in Europe. Prior to the end of the 18th century, wheat was commonly mixed with rye and barley in whole Europe. Spelt was a staple food in parts of Italy, Alsace, Palatinate, Swabia and Swiss uplands, as well as Gelders, Namur and around the Rhone. Millet was even more popular: Venice, Dalmatia, Levant, Balkans, Gascony and so on (millet was the staple food in early modern Serb history).
IIRC there was a scene in Seven Samurai where one of the title characters shares his rice with a maiden with the comment 'Today I tasted millet for the first time. Ugh.' not sure of historical accuracy; was millet a 'poverty' food for people that couldn't get anything better? (in the USA millet is mostly used for bird seed, I think.)