Photo by Elisa Franco, text by Naomi Scher.
For those who aren’t familiar with the wholesome grain, freekeh is made from young wheat which is then roasted and cracked to release flavorful kernels.
Freekeh has an incredibly high fiber content and is a good source of protein, which makes it a great option for vegans and vegetarians.
Like other hearty grains, the best way to prepare freekeh is to first bring it to a boil and then simmer it until most of the liquid is absorbed and the kernels are tender. You’ll want a ratio of water or broth to freekeh of slightly more than 2:1. Add oils or spices if desired. Once it’s cooked, freekeh can be used in a variety of recipes and can be served warm or chilled. Some creative uses of freekeh include this pea soup with pesto and freekeh, and this roast chicken with freekeh stuffing.
You can find freekeh in the bulk bin at the co-op, so don’t forget your favorite bulk container. Members pay $4.41/pound, and non-members pay $6.23/pound.