I finally got my hands on some wheat berries! For months, I’ve been curious to try them, especially since I was seeing them all over the blogs, mixed into yummy-looking bowls of oats.
So, what is a wheat berry?
From Wikipedia:”The term wheatberry or wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), comprising the bran, germ, and endosperm. Wheatberries have a tan to reddish brown color and are available as either a hard or soft processed grain. They are often added to salads or baked into bread to add a crunchy texture; as a whole grain, they also provide nutritional benefits since they are an excellent source of dietary fiber.”
My first experience with wheat berries was excellent! The flavor is slightly nutty, and the texture is hearty and chewy. Wheat berries actually remind me a lot of bulgar, but larger in size.
How I made my wheat berries: I bought about 2 cups from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, took them home, soaked them in water overnight*, and simmered them the following morning on the stove top for about 35-45 minutes. And let me tell you, those 2 cups made a TON of wheat berries! I totally got my money’s worth! I am storing my wheat berries in an airtight container in the fridge.
* Kath says that she skips the soaking step and just simmers the wheat berries in water on her stove top. To tell ya the truth, the soaking did seem like an extra step in the process, so I’ll probably skip it next time.
In today’s oats:
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- 1/3 cup wheat berries
- 5 dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 scoop almond butter (from my mom’s work)
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