The grains have a unique smoky fragrance and taste nutty and toasted. It has become a common ingredient used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking and has long been part of the food culture in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. They are delicious accompaniments to salads or cooked like a pilaf or risotto.
Freekah is high in protein and fiber and helps you to stay fuller longer and therefore consume fewer calories. It may be beneficial for digestive health and may help prevent constipation and act as a prebiotic to increase healthy bacteria in your digestive system. It is also rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin – carotenoids that are good for healthy eyes.
Revised August 29th, 2015
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Freekeh is wheat that has been harvested when the seeds are green, tender and soft. It goes through an ancient process where the seeds are roasted and the straw and chaff burn and are then rubbed away, leaving the seeds in tact because of their high moisture content. The grains are then polished and cracked and the name of this grain originates from the Arabic word for this process known as “al freek” which means, “rubbed”. The seeds are then threshed and dried further in the sun to make the flavor, texture and color consistent.