Our organic rye sourdough starter culture is made from the natural occurring yeast and lactic acid bacteria in flour. It is often also used to name breads made using the culture. Yeasts and bacteria suitable for bread production are found in relatively high amounts on the surface of cereal grains, such as wheat. By grinding the grains into flour and allowing these micro-organisms to thrive – by adding water, keeping the mix at an appropriate temperature, and providing food in the form of more flour to create what is known as a ‘starter’ – they can be increased in size and concentration.
Our Sourdough comes sourced from starter cultures that have been in use for over a century. A mature, well aged sourdough starter has a much stronger and distinctive sourdough flavour than one recently started from scratch. We have worked hard to obtain the very best sourdough from across the world. We feed our starter cultures twice a day; ensuring that what you purchase from us is a very active, starter culture.
We have traced heritage back over 40 years for our organic rye sourdough starter culture. It has been traced back to a kitchen not far from the Shipton flour mill in Tetbury, which is well known for it’s rye flour. It produces a slightly tart loaf, with a unique sourdough flavour. We have been unable to confirm if this starter is a true heirloom variety. It is possible that it may have been mixed with wholemeal flour at some stage of its life.