Freekeh. It totally sounds like some kind of dance craze, doesn’t it? But it’s actually a super-nutritious grain that’s gaining popularity in the health food world. Billed as “the new quinoa,” freekeh (pronounced free-ka) is basically durum wheat that’s been harvested when the grains are still young and green. The still-moist kernels are then set on fire, roasted, and rubbed against one another, which gives freekeh its distinct, smoky, nutty flavor.
Watch out, though, gluten-free eaters. Unlike quinoa, freekeh is decidedly not gluten-free (although apparently, due to the preparation process, it has less gluten than other wheat items).
Click ahead to learn more about the history, uses, and nutritional benefits of this not-actually-so-freaky grain.
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