August 28, 2008
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!