Wheat berries. Are they wheat? Are they berries? Well, as the name implies, they're kind of both. Wheat berries are a delicious member of the grain family.
You rarely see them in restaurants or at the market, but health food stores carry them and they’re great for kids. They're so easy to prepare and really delicious. I love feeding Kenya different types of grains and I have to say that these are one of his favorites.
Wheat berries, also called groats, are whole wheat kernels that have not been milled, polished, or heat treated. They're brown, nearly round in appearance and have a robust, nutlike flavor. They usually take over an hour to cook, but you can reduce that time if they are presoaked.
When you mix them with the dried fruits and celery in this recipe, it takes on a sweet crunchy texture which in my experience, babies love. He's not the only one in our family, though. I usually grab a cup when I'm exhausted and need an energy boost. See, this is a great recipe for everyone!
Wheat Berry Salad (Makes 6-8 Toddler Servings)
- 1/2 Cup Wheat Berries, soaked for 8 hours or overnight if possible
- 1/2 Cup Apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/3 Cup raisins
- 1/2 Cup Celery, chopped
- 1 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Preparation1. Bring 4 Cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the wheat berries, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.
2. Cook for 1 hour or until wheat berries are tender to the bite (it make take over an hour, so just keep testing them).
3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until fine pieces remain.
4. In a bowl, throughly mix the wheat berries with the apple/raisin mixture.