What the heck are wheat berries?
We know that’s probably what you’re saying to yourself right now, and fair enough. But it’s probably not a bad idea to pick up a pack of these thick, short grains (which are, essentially, whole wheat kernels and look a little bit like brown rice) in the natural foods aisle at your local supermarket next time you go. And here’s why.
First off, a one-cup serving has only 300 calories, but still manages to give you a hefty dose of fiber, protein, and iron. (Not too shabby, huh?) And secondly, wheat berries don’t just lend themselves to your typical savory whole-grain preparations—they also taste great when given a sweet spin, thanks to their nutty flavor.
Ready to experiment? Here’s a super-simple recipe for HOMEMADE WHEAT BERRY DESSERT, courtesy of Westside Market NYC’s Maria Zoitas.
- 1 lb. wheat berries
- ½ lb. roasted almonds
- ½ lb. pomegranate seeds
- ½ lb. walnuts
- ½ lb. dried cranberries
- ½ lb. white raisins
- ½ lb. black raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 10 tsp stevia
- 3 tsp sesame seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to a full boil and lightly salt.
- Add wheat berries, reduce heat to a fast simmer and cook until the wheat berries are tender but still chewy, about 1 hour.
- Mix wheat berries in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Let sit for one hour before serving.