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Well and Good: Super-Freekeh

First it was bulgur, then it was quinoa. Now, another super-healthy grain is the new superfood on the block: freekeh.

Pronounced just like you’d think – free-ka – freekeh is simply roasted green wheat. It has been enjoyed around the world for centuries, especially in Egyptian and other Arab cuisines, but it’s recently gained popularity in the U.S.

Part of that newfound popularity is due to the great nutritional properties freekeh boasts. It’s a low-carb food that’s low in calories and high in fiber and protein. (One serving, just ¼ cup uncooked, has 100 calories and five grams of fiber.)

Because it’s made from wheat that’s harvested while young, or green, it also has additional health benefits that mature wheat does not offer, and that are not fully understood. However, it’s considered a good food for diabetics, and may even diminish the risk of some diseases like colorectal cancer and diverticulitis.

But freekeh also just plain tastes good. It has a unique nutty, almost smoky taste, with a texture that’s somewhere between brown rice and barley. It makes a delicious pilaf or hot breakfast cereal. It can be stirred into casseroles or soups. Or, you can use it as a substitute for couscous, rice, pasta, or any other grain like quinoa. At FRESH, you can find it in our bulk department.