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Disclosure: I received 2 packets of freekeh to review from Freekeh-Foods and Fit Approach. The opinions in this post are honest and my own.
Every weekend, I cook a collection of vegetables and a big pot of whole grains for use in weekday meals. Brown rice and quinoa are regulars, and last week, a new grain was added to my rotation – freekeh (pronounced free kuh).
While new to me, freekeh, (also called farik), is far from new. It is an ancient grain with Middle Eastern roots. Some say it was an accidental creation, made over 2,000 years ago when a young wheat field was set on fire. They rubbed off the burned chaff and found something quite delicious.
Today, freekeh producers harvest the heads of immature wheat and carefully burn it. This toasting stops the enzymatic process (the process by which the simple sugars of the grain are converted to starch). The toasting also imparts a smoky flavor. The charred heads are threshed to separate the grain and chaff. The grain is then dried and cracked.
|freekeh – cracked green wheat|
Freekeh-Foods sent me two packets of organic freekeh to try; original (or plain) and Rosemary Sage. Btw – they also make a Tamari flavor – sounds delish.
Wanting to taste the essence of the grain, I tried the original first. It cooks similar to rice with a 2.5:1 ratio (2 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of cracked freekeh). Simply mix the two in a saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
The texture is more dense and chewy than rice.
|brown rice on left – freekeh on right|
It is also more flavorful. Freekeh has a slightly sweet, slightly smoky flavor that is lovely. I appreciate that the grain is not so bland, I can eat it plain (and I did). At the same time, the flavor is not too overpowering, it works well in many different types of dishes. Before getting to the good freekeh eats I enjoyed last week, note the nutrition. It spanks rice and quinoa.
Now for the eats. The toasty flavor paired beautifully as a side with grilled veggies.
That was so good, I had made it again later that week.
Freekeh can be ordered online at the freekeh-foods website (6 packets per case) or pick up single packets on amazon.
Want to give freekeh a try? Click the giveaway link below for a chance to win a free bag. All entries will be verified. Winner will be announced September 9th.
Congratulations giveaway winner Quinetta L!
A bag of Rosemary Sage Freekeh is coming your way. Whoop Whoop!
Enjoy it in good health, and please share what you think and what you make. 🙂