Wholemeal wheat flour freshly milled from Scottish heritage wheat variety Golden Drop.
- Variety name: Golden Drop
- Certified organic wheat
- 100% wholemeal flour finely ground on the innovative Zentrofan cyclone mill
- Above-average values for most key minerals
- Soft texture and a flavour that is quite a revelation
- Suitable for real bread (with long fermentation and no additives) and pastries, cakes and biscuits
- We help with expert advice to help you craft something delicious
Available in 1 kg and 3 kg bags and mixed variety packs. (Also soon available as grain for home milling.)
Golden Drop wheat is probably descended from the ancient British wheat Blood Red. The famous Paris grain merchant and wheat improver Henry de Vilmorin, in his 1880 publication ‘Les Meilleurs Blés’ (The Best Wheats), gives Golden drop (sic) as an ‘ex parte‘ synonym – and therefore perhaps one of the ‘parents’ – of Rouge d’Ecosse.
Andrew Forbes, in his invaluable portal wheat-gateway.org, writes that Blood Red was a ‘once popular Scottish landrace wheat…[which] only survives as accessions with synonyms given by Vilmorin…of Goldendrop and Rouge d’Ecosse’.
The agriculturist’s manual, forming a report of Lawson’s agricultural museum in Edinburgh by Peter Lawson (1836) says of Blood Red that ‘This sort was introduced some years ago into East Lothian from the London market and its cultivation has now extended over most of the wheat districts of Scotland’. Given that wheat is not native to Britain, all varieties are in an obvious sense ‘immigrants’. The notion of ‘heritage’ should not, therefore, be used to validate a spurious nationalism. In our understanding, it means that wheats such as Golden Drop were once valued for their ability to nourish people living in these parts. We want to find out, with your help, to what extent and in what ways they can do so again.
A new way of milling
This flour has been milled for maximum nutrient retention on an innovative ‘cyclone’ mill called a Zentrofan. It’s a slow, small-scale process which reduces the grain to fine particles without either heating it up by excessive abrasion (as can happen with stone milling) or stripping it of its vital nutrients (which is the main effect of producing white flour on industrial roller mills). There is more detail about the mill and how it works here.
Baking with heritage flour
This flour is special. Apart from its above-average mineral content, It has
- a full, satisfying flavour without the dry dustiness of some wholemeals
- gluten that is naturally softer, less stretchy and more extensible (and arguably more digestible) than in common breadmaking flours
Top tips for getting good results:
- Knead the dough gently and for less time than you have to when using a ‘strong’ flour
- Be patient and ferment your bread slowly (using sourdough) to develop flavour and digestibility
- If you’re struggling to get a longed-for lightness, sieve the flour to remove some of the bran or add a portion (up to 25%) of ‘strong’ flour
You will find more baking advice and recipes here.