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What is a wheat berry?

Wheat berries are actually the whole wheat kernel that hasn’t been shelled or processed in any way. They’re truly a #wholegrain as you are getting all the essential nutrients and vitamins that are within the wheat.

Wheat berries look like rice, and can be ground up into flour for homemade baking, and can be used in many grain based dishes as an alternative to rice or barley while still maintaining the beneficial nutrients and nutty flavour we love so much from our whole grains.

How to cook?

As they are a whole grains, there is some preparation when cooking the Wheat Berries:

  • Fill pot with enough water to completely cover wheat berries and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for up to one hour or until the grain is tender.
  • Pre-soak them in water overnight to speed up your cooking time.

Wheat berries can be made ahead and stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or kept in the freezer for up to one month. If you are going to store the wheat berries in the freezer, make sure they are completely cooled and moisture free before freezing.  

Looking for recipe inspiration? try making our Greek Style Wheat Berry and Lentil Salad: a perfect side dish or lunch option!

Greek style wheat berry and lentil salad