“Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze,” notes the Freekeh Foods Organic Freekeh package. “Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and ‘Eureka!’ Freekeh was created.”
Historical accuracy aside, the cracked and roasted green wheat is a find.
To see why, add water, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll end up with a nutty, slightly sticky (in a good way), bulgur-like grain that you can use straight up as a side dish. Or try mixing with pesto, chopped cherry tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. Or with lentils, baby spinach, chopped apple, and a mustard vinaigrette.
When it comes to nutrients, freekeh is in the same ballpark as bulgur and quinoa. A ¾-cup serving of cooked freekeh delivers 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, along with a decent shot of folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-6, and zinc…all for just 130 calories.
Sodium? Zero for the Original and a low 150 milligrams for the Rosemary Sage and the Tamari. (A ¾-cup serving of most seasoned rice, couscous, quinoa, or other grain mixes socks you with two to three times that much.)
If you can’t find Freekeh Foods, you can order from the company’s website. (Even with shipping, a six-bag case is less than we paid at a local store.) Another brand to look for: Freekehlicious.
Isn’t it time you set yourself freekeh?
To find freekeh at a store near you or to order online visit freekeh-foods.com—(612) 240-1408 or freekehlicious.com—(201) 297-7957.