world’s oldest cereal is "instant"!
Yeah, weird huh?? It isn’t us, the modern Homo sapiens, that created instant cereals after all! According to a new study published in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, the world’s oldest known cooked cereal wasn’t very different from the instant cereals served today. Dating from between 5920 to 5730 B.C., the ancient cereal consisted of parboiled bulgur wheat that Early Neolithic Bulgarians could refresh in minutes with hot water. Weird but definitely cool! ^_^ Lead author Soultana-Maria Valamoti explained to Discovery News:
“People boiled the grain, dried it, removed the bran and ground it into coarse particles. In this form, the cereal grain can be stored throughout the year and consumed easily, even without boiling, by merely soaking in hot water.”
The scientists also cooked and processed modern wheat and hulled barley, putting the results through the same analysis. The fine details and internal structure of the modern boiled, dried and ground cereals matched what the researchers saw in the ancient Bulgarian grains.