- wheat berries 1 cup
- Water 3 cups
- Salt • 1 kcal
- Olive oil
If you've never cooked wheat berries at home, you've seriously been missing out. These nutty, slightly sweet tasting whole grains are nutrient-dense, rich in fiber and various vitamins. Wheat berries aren't just a healthy addition to your diet. They are fantastically versatile. With a satisfyingly chewy texture, their subtle flavor works so well with other ingredients. Toss them into a salad, stir-fry, soups, or stews, or enjoy them with a spritz of lemon juice and some freshly chopped herbs. You can spice them up by adding your favorite seasonings or in one-bowl meals. However you choose to eat them, this is the simplest way to prepare wheat berries.
What are Wheat Berries?
Wheat berries are a type of whole grain from the common wheat plant. They're packed with protein and fiber, as well as essential nutrients like vitamin E, iron, magnesium, plus other vitamins and minerals. They are super versatile and tasty, healthy whole grain worth adding to your diet.
Where to Buy Wheat Berries
Wheat berries are widely available at larger supermarkets or natural food shops. You can also find them online at various food specialist sites.
How to Make Wheat Berries
- Pour the wheat berries, water, and salt into a saucepan. Let the water come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Place a lid on the pan and cook the wheat berries for 30 minutes.
- After half an hour has passed, begin testing the wheat berries for doneness. Taste them – they should be chewy. If they need more time, continue cooking them and taste again them every 5 minutes until they're fully cooked.
- Once cooked, drain the wheat berries then place them in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt, tossing to combine.
– For an even richer flavor, you can toast your wheat berries before cooking them on the stove. Bake them for 10 minutes at 375°F, or until they become fragrant.
– The exact cooking time will vary depending on the type of wheat berries you're cooking.
– If you have leftovers or aren't planning on using your wheat berries immediately, place them in an airtight container in the fridge. Refrigerated cooked wheat berries will last up to a week.