Gluten free has grown in popularity over the past few years and the entire food industry has followed suit. Packaged Facts reports a 30% compound annual growth rate for the gluten-free food category from 2006 to 2010 and expects the gluten-free specialty marketplace to top $5 billion by 2015. Between celiac disease, gluten intolerance and many other issues, many people have to stay away from gluten, the protein found in wheat. On Passover, we stay away from wheat (excluding matzo) and other grains that contain gluten, like barley and spelt. Aside from matzo, our starches are limited to potatoes and for some, quinoa. What is a person who has to avoid all gluten products to do?
About 20 years ago, the first gluten free matzo was made in Manchester, England. Several Rabbis began a process of finding gluten free oats that they could harvest and turn into matzo. Not as easy as it sounds and that first hand made production only yielded enough for 15 people. To the surprise of everyone, hundreds came calling. They now offer machine made shmura oat matzo in 1 lb boxes as well as handmade round shmura oat matzos that can be enjoyed at the Seder table to fulfill the commandment of matzo at the seder. They even use any broken pieces to create a matzo meal. To find a list of distributors around the world click here.
In 2009, the Yehuda Matzo company in Israel launched GlutenFreeMatzo.com. Their line of gluten free Passover products (including noodles) is very popular. This year they even added a 90 recipe cookbook filled with gluten free Pesach recipes. This matzo cannot be used for the seder or the mitzvah of eating matzo, because they are made from potato and tapioca starch, however they are kosher for Passover. They have a light crispy texture and lightly salted flavor that my family really enjoyed. Gluten Free Matzo is perfect for anyone who is on a gluten free diet and wants to enjoy Passover in a new way. And we are offering a coupon code for you to order gluten free matzo from their website, GlutenFreeMatzo.com - Save $5 off your Gluten Free Matzo by using coupon code M5MENT.
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