Ancient grains are those that “have been around, unchanged, for millenniums. ” This does not automatically make them ‘safe’, of course. but people who live gluten free will frequently encounter these somewhat-unfamiliar names and need to know how to resond.
The gluten free ancient grains include amaranth, buckwheat, chia, millet, teff, and quinoa. The article containing these names also provides recipes for cooking with each of the grains. Avoid spelt, kamut, farra, and durham — these names sound like they might be ancient grains, but they are actually varieties of wheat.