Recognized for its high amounts of fiber (four times as much as brown rice and twice as much as quinoa), its low glycemic index (resulting in slow energy release, which keeps us going throughout the day), abundant lutein (supporting eye health), and prebiotic properties (healthy bowels!), freekeh is poised to dethrone quinoa as the best-for-you, most health-promoting grain out there. But, given our quinoa fan-base at the Coop (and lack of clear criteria on what constitutes the best “supergrain”)… we’ll leave it to our members to decide whether freekeh takes the cake or not.
But first, what is this mysterious grain that, until today, few superfood pundits had heard of? Freekeh, in fact, is not the name of the grain, but actually the name of the process involved in preparing the grain—an ancient wheat native to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. The wheat is harvested while still young, soft and green, dried in the sun and roasted, then goes through a thrashing and rubbing process to ensure uniform color, texture and flavor. The Arabic word “farik”, from which “freekeh” is derived, refers to this process.
We’re excited to offer delicious, certified organic freekeh by the pound, and we hope our members enjoy experimenting with, incorporating into their diets and feeling the benefits of this remarkably nutritious, health-boosting supergrain!