Ancient grains are all the rage in the culinary world right now, gracing the pages of culinary tastemakers like Bon Appetit in recent months. If you want to get in on the food trend, Maine grows a diverse selection of grains that are fun and delicious to utilize in home cooking.

But how do you get started with ancient grains, those scrumptious wheats, emmer and other seeds that, unlike modern wheat, have gone unchanged for generations?

The Maine-grown grain revolution has been rising in Skowhegan for years now, as companies like Maine Grains get into the business of growing, harvesting and selling delicious specialty oats, barley and the like. Beyond just mixing it up in the kitchen and supporting local growers, though, these grains are often more wholesome and healthier than their conventional counterparts.