About Linwoods Ingredients

Linwoods ingredients is dedicated to the production of high quality, sprouted and unsprouted flours, grains and seeds, from our base in the rolling countryside of Co. Armagh.

Our products include

- Sprouted grains & flours
- Ancient grains
- Stone milled flours
- Sterilised seeds

Sprouting

What is sprouting?

Seeds and cereals rely on certain built-in growth inhibitors (Phytic Acid) to keep them from germinating until temperature and moisture conditions are just right. Then, once sprouting starts, enzyme activity wipes out these growth inhibitors and transforms the long-term storage starch of the endosperm to simpler molecules that are easily digested by the growing plant embryo.

Just as the baby plant finds these enzyme-activated simple molecules easier to digest, so too do people. Proponents of sprouted grains claim that grains that have just begun sprouting – those that are straddling the line between a seed and a plant – offer all the goodness of whole grains, while being more readily digested. What’s more, the sprouting process increases the amount and bioavailability of some vitamins and minerals, making sprouted grains a potential nutritional powerhouse.

Why has Sprouting become so popular?

Sprouting is an effective processing method for improving nutritional quality, reducing anti-nutritive compounds, boosting the level and digestibility of free amino acids and available carbohydrates, increasing mineral bioavailability, and improving the functional properties of cereal and pulses. Due to the significant effects of germination, sprouted grains and pulses have become popular and widely accepted as functional foods and functional food ingredients.

Stone Milling

We mill many of our sprouted and ancient grain flours the old-fashioned way using a stone mill, a traditional technique that has remained largely unchanged from ancient times. Stoneground flour is when grain is ground between two mill stones. Stoneground flours tend to have a richer flavour and texture and are widely used by artisan bakers, who like to work with baking ingredients and textures of our heritage. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, our millstones ensure the most nutritious parts of the wholegrain remain, so we can pack wholesome goodness right into every bag. Our grains remain whole grains because we don’t remove the bran or germ, which you lose in processed grains.

Sterilisation

Raw seeds and nuts can sometimes be contaminated when they are harvested. Our seeds are gently heat treated to remove any harmful bacteria and provide a product safe for the consumer. Our sterilised seeds and nuts range includes flaxseed, chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, as well as almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts.

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