2600 years ago, ancient Greeks developed a very sophisticated diet. It helped them nourish their creativity and sustain through battles.
We have encapsulated this wisdom in the OLYRA biscuit recipe. A mix of grains together with delicious fruits and spices produced in the same land as our ancestors.
An ideal blend of spelt, oat, barley and lupine in a breakfast biscuit using absolutely nothing artificial. The perfect way to start your day!
In ancient Greece, cultivation of the lupine bean was widespread among farmers of the time and it had become the main staple in the diet of cynic philosophers, who starved themselves out of real conviction and often kept some lupine beans inside their legendary traveler’s sack. “You can’t possibly fathom the immense power our sack can summon, and it is all thanks to the lupine beans we carry.” (Crates from Thebes: Cynic philosopher of the 3rd century B.C.) Lupine beans were also part of the meals Spartans offered to visitors.
Lupine contains roughly 40% protein, which is easy to digest and is a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Lupine is hypoallergic and does not cause stomach bloating after consumption.
In the fertile pastures of Europe, spelt and other primitive seeds had been cultivated since the Copper Age, but due to its low crop yield and demanding husking process, it was soon undermined and eventually replaced by the common wheat seed. In recent times, spelt has regained its popularity, as further scientific evidence has proven that this wheat variety is not only full of flavor, but also remains a nutritious ingredient that can complement a modern and balanced health-oriented diet.
Spelt is a rich source of protein, natural fiber, and vitamin B, manganese and phosphorus, while it is also very low in fat.
The oat was the last of the commonly used cereal grains introduced to the human diet and this, evidence shows, happened approximately 7000 years ago. In ancient Greece, it was used for its medicinal properties in humans, but also in horses, animals which were very important at the time as the predominant means of transportation and the most prestigious of offerings at religious rituals and ceremonies.
The oat has anti-inflammatory properties due to its high protein content, vitamins, and fiber, and this makes it especially beneficial for people who suffer from chronic ailments and those who are going through a long period of recovery. Moreover, people suffering from high cholesterol or indigestion also benefit from the medicinal properties of oats.
In the ancient world, barley was widely believed to be the first staple of humans. In Greece, it was the most preferred type of cereal and the bread made from it was known as “maza” which in modern Greek means “the masses”.
Alphita, barley flour, was used to make an important medicinal drink, a barley gruel, known in Greek as “ptisane”. Physicians prescribed the addition of a range of herbs and spices, depending on individual needs.
A main source of beta-glucan (that lowers high cholesterol levels), barley flour, with its low glycaemic index, improves the overall health of the intestine and relieves people suffering from chronic constipation. It is rich in natural fiber, vitamin B complex, iron, magnesium, and other antioxidant substances.