Q: What the freak is freekeh?
A: With the recent rise of interest in quinoa taking hold, a similar and highly nutritious whole grain oat has flown under the radar. Freekeh isn’t getting the fame it deserves. While it’s only beginning to gain popularity among American health enthusiasts and dieters, freekeh is an ancient grain with a Middle Eastern origin. It was discovered millenniums ago when young green wheat crops in the Mediterranean had been burned. Villagers were not ready to dispose of their food supply, however, and rubbed the wheat heads to discover a delicious grain which they dubbed, “freekeh,” meaning “rubbed.”
Q: What’s the difference between freekeh and other whole grains?
A: Though freekeh is similar to other whole grain oat sources, this young green wheat has been toasted and cracked. It’s known for its delicious nutty taste and crunchy texture. When it comes down to its nutritional profile, freekah blows other whole grains out of the water. It’s a dieter’s dream food, because freekah is incredibly low in fat and calories while packing a significant amount of protein and fiber. Take a look for yourself if you don’t believe us.
Preparing freekeh is so simple a caveman could do it! Empty 1 cup of freekeh into 2 ½ cups of water or broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Flavor with your favorite sweet ingredients, like raw honey, cinnamon or sea salt. Freekeh also comes pre-spiced in savory tamari and rosemary sage.
It’s great right out of the bag, but freekeh can also be added to just about any dish. Simply sprinkle it on top of your favorite chicken dinner or seasonal salad to add nutrition, flavor and a delightful bite!
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