Freekeh sure sounds a bit strange, but you might want to get to know this grain and start including it in your diet.
When Freekeh Foods asked me to try their product, needless to say, I was very curious about this grain since I had never heard of it before.
Freekeh (free-ka): A type of roasted green wheat.
According to their website, this Middle Eastern whole grain originated over 2000 years ago, but why now are we just learning about it?
What is Freekeh?
Unlike traditional wheat, which is harvested after the wheat has dried, freekeh is made by harvesting the crop when it is still green.
The whole grains are then roasted, which gives wheat a more rice-like, whole oat-like appearance than traditionally harvested wheat. This means that freekeh is cooked in a similar way to rice or oats.
A 1 cup (cooked) serving contains:
■1 gram of fat
■26 grams of carbs
■4 grams of fiber
■8 grams of protein
And, is also rich in minerals such as Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Zinc.
Because this is a wheat product, freekeh does contain the protein gluten.