A few years ago, I stumbled across freekeh at a trade show and was immediately intrigued. Freekeh is fairly unknown here in the United States, but it’s been around for centuries. A staple of Middle Eastern diets, freekeh is a unique culinary experience that we are pleased to add to our Grains of Discovery® line. This is a very new product that will start appearing in stores soon, but can be purchased on our website now.
What is it? Freekeh is wheat that has been harvested prematurely and roasted, giving it a slightly smoky flavor. Our freekeh is then cracked for a quicker cooking time. It is similar to bulgur in texture and cooking time, but the roasting of green wheat gives freekeh a unique flavor. Traditionally, the green wheat was burned and rubbed clean. The name freekeh comes from the word farīk, which means rubbed. Today, modern machinery cleans the grains after they are roasted, leaving behind a beautiful, copper grain.
Is it whole grain? Yes, freekeh is made from whole grain wheat.
Is it gluten free? No, because freekeh is made from wheat, it is not gluten free.
Is it organic? Yes, our cracked freekeh is organic.
How do you use it? Freekeh, like bulgur, is very versatile, though you won’t find many recipes using it just yet. It’s pretty new to the culinary scene and food trend setters are scrambling all over themselves to incorporate it into recipes. It can replace bulgur, one for one. Freekeh makes a fabulous side dish like the pilaf on the package and is an ideal grain for salads and soups. Cook it with just a bit of cream and sugar for a nutritious breakfast cereal or add it to your favorite dishes as a meat extender (or replacement). If you have a favorite dish using a whole grain, chances are pretty good that freekeh can join the party uncontested. We’ve enlisted some of our favorite bloggers to come up with new recipes for you to enjoy using freekeh. Until then, enjoy some of these dishes.
Our favorite ways to enjoy freekeh:
- Freekeh, Zucchini and Pistachio Salad from Oh My Veggies
- Artichoke Freekeh Risotto from David Lebovitz
- Sweet Curried Freekeh Salad from Vegan Miam
- Pomegranate-glazed Freekeh Kofte from Herbivoracious
- Kale Chopped Salad with Freekeh from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Freekeh Breakfast Bowl from The Corner Kitchen
- Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Dried Cranberries, Honey & Pomegranate from Food Wanderings
Do you want to try this new ancient grain for yourself? We want to give away a package of freekeh to FIVE people. To enter, simply comment below and tell us how you would use Freekeh. We’ll pick a winner from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 08/24/14.