Facts on Freekeh (pronouced "free-kah"):
- made from young wheat (typically duram) which is then slightly roasted then rubbed to reveal the kernel. Freekeh means "to rub" in Aramaic.
- does contain gluten
- very similar to bulgur in texture and taste (nutty with a firm chewy texture)
- Often used as a substitute for rice or couscous
- commonly eaten in Northern Africa and the Middle East but growing in popularity in America
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- High in antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which aid in eye health
- High in calcium and iron
To prepare Freekeh:
- Bring 2 1/2 parts water or broth to a boil.
- Stir in 1 part freekeh.
- Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until liquid is absorbed and freekeh is fluffy, about 20 minutes.
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