What Are Wheat Berries?
Have you ever heard of wheat berries? These small, chewy kernels are a staple ingredient in many cultures, yet they are often overlooked in the Western world. Wheat berries are a nutritious and delicious ingredient that can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, from salads to pilafs.
So, what exactly are wheat berries? Wheat berries are the whole grain form of wheat before it is milled into our delicious flour. Meaning they contain the bran, germ, and endosperm (the three parts of the wheat berry). Unlike conventional white flour, which has had the bran and germ removed, whole wheat berries retain all of their fibre, vitamins, and minerals. This makes them a nutritious addition to any diet.
Wheat berries have a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy texture, making them a versatile ingredient. They can be cooked like rice and served as a side dish, added to soups and stews for extra texture, or used as a base for salads. They can also be ground into flour to make baked goods, such as bread and crackers.
In terms of nutrition, wheat berries are a good source of fibre, protein, and several essential vitamins and minerals. They are also low in fat and have a low glycemic index, meaning they are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
One of the best things about wheat berries is their versatility. They can be flavoured in many different ways, making them a great option for those looking to add variety to their diet. For example, try them cooked with herbs and spices, such as thyme and garlic, for a tasty side dish—or, mix cooked wheat berries with roasted vegetables and a tangy vinaigrette for a delicious salad.
Wheat berries are the tiny grains that pack a big punch of flavour and nutrition. They're easy to cook, versatile, and absolutely packed with wholesome goodness. So, go ahead and add them to your next meal and discover the fun and benefits of this delicious ingredient.
Here are a few ideas on incorporating wheat berries into your world.
- Mill your own flour
- Cooked on salads (they add great flavour & freshness). See our wheat berries salad recipe on the blog
- In soups (perfect for some texture)
- add to chilli
- As a side with your protein. An excellent replacement for rice or quinoa. (I love to cook them in bone broth)
- add them to your bread for texture
- make a breakfast porridge