Ancient grains: Back in action

By: By Katrina Valliere - Special to The Union Times
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UNION — Farro? Kamut? Quinoa? They may sound funny but these nutrient rich ancient grains pack a powerful punch, hosting a range of health benefits from boosting immunity to relieving digestion issues. Plus, they are delicious!

Consumers have taken notice. NPD, a market research firm, reports that case shipment of ancient grains to US food service outlets doubled over the last year. Geoff Stella, vice president of Ancient Harvest explains why grains such as quinoa are so popular. Stella says, “It is a great source of plant-based protein and it’s one of the rare, complete plant-based proteins on earth. Nine of proteins’ amino acids are essential because our bodies can’t make them. Quinoa supplies them all.”

On Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-12 pm, the Piedmont Physic Garden will host an ancient grains workshop with Spartanburg Regional Registered Dietitian Kerri Stewart.

Stewart is going to teach guests the history of ancient grains, where to buy them, and how to include them in every day meals. You’ll be able to fit them in any meal.

Stewart studied at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed a dietetic internship at Department of Health and Environmental Control and later worked at Lexington Medical Center, which gave her experience in clinical, food service, and outpatient fields. Stewart is an advocate for using “food as medicine” as a preventative measure and she is passionate about heart health. She teaches that food can be a fun, stress-free, and nourishing part of life. Stewart has worked in the Heart Resource Center at Spartanburg Regional for six years.

Registration is required, as seating is limited. General admission is $20. PPG members receive a discount.

Those interested in attending the workshop should visit the Events page at or call 864-427-2556.

About PPG

Piedmont Physic Garden, 301 E. South Street Union, is a local botanical garden focused on health and wellness. PPG hosts private tours, workshops, and garden parties. Founded in 2014 by the Switzer family, the garden highlights the historical medicinal use of plants, with a specific interest in those from the Piedmont and Southern Appalachian corridor.



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PPG to host workshop on ancient grains

By Katrina Valliere

Special to The Union Times

Katrina Valliere is an intern with the Piedmont Physic Garden.

Katrina Valliere is an intern with the Piedmont Physic Garden.