Ancient Grains: Freekeh

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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:

  1. Bring 2 1/2  parts water or broth to a boil.
  2. Stir in 1 part freekeh.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until liquid is absorbed and freekeh is fluffy, about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve

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Erin Marie

Posted on August 29, 2017 and filed under Nutrition Nibbles.