Starting the Wheat Berry Adventure

Hello and welcome to Kev’s Key Largo Living discussion on Wheat Berries. The information provided was obtained at from several sources. Photos below  from Palouse Brand.com

Hard Red Wheat BerriesHard White Wheat BerriesSoft White Wheat Berries

From  the HAPPY HERBIVORE BLOG

Wheat berries, or wheatberries, are the entire edible part of wheat kernels, meaning there is no hull (or outer shell) but includes the germ, bran and endosperm.

They can be hard or soft, with the hard berries often being used for baking, like bread, and the soft berries for pastries. Hard wheat berries also tend to have a higher protein and gluten content than soft wheat berries.

Besides being hard or soft, wheat berries can also be red or white. This refers to the color of the wheat, whether it is white or red. Red wheat has more of a darker, tannish color. Sometimes they are also labeled by the season they are grown in, whether it is spring or winter.

The different types of wheat berries can usually be interchanged when cooking, although if using red berries the final dish may be a little darker in color and hard berries will take longer to cook (regardless of color).

It is the the white wheat berry that is used to make whole white wheat flour – not to be confused with white flour, which has been refined and missing most of the wheat kernel. Whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from the red wheat berry.

All wheat products are made from some part, if not all, of the wheat berry. Wheat berries do contain gluten, so people who are intolerant of gluten foods should avoid them.

Wheat berries can be cooked into foods, like chili or bread, but you can eat them on a salad or as a side by themselves, like rice.

Wheat berries are becoming more popular, and are available at most health food stores or online here.

Hard Red Wheat Berries from Palouse Brand 

Hard red wheat berries are commonly known for making beautiful hearth breads, bagels, rolls and more.  These wheat berries  can be used as a rice substitute and as a crunchy topping on salads. Wake up in the morning to a warm breakfast cereal after these have been cooking in the crock-pot overnight – add brown sugar and cream with fresh berries to start your day off right.

The following is from bobsredmill.com

This high protein Hard Red Wheat is some of the finest wheat available anywhere in the world! Whole grain wheat berries are very nutritious, containing 6 grams of protein, over 20 percent of your daily value for dietary fiber and 8 percent of your iron in each serving. Hard red wheat berries have a robust, full flavor and make a wonderful addition to your table.

In addition, hard red wheat has the highest protein content of all the wheat types. These hearty berries can be cooked as a cereal, sprouted for salads or milled into flour by folks with home grinders. Use them in place of rice or other grains for pilafs, soups, salads and casseroles. See the back of our package for basic cooking instructions, as well as a delightful Wheat Berry & White Bean Salad recipe.

Hard White Wheat Berries from Palouse Brand 

You have found your source for home made flavorful tortillas. The dough can easily be stored in your freezer. Hard White Wheat Berries can also be ground to make wonderful pizza crusts, muffins, bread sticks, Asian noodles and cookies. This is our family’s favorite wheat berry as we love to enjoy home made tacos, burritos and all things Mexican food.

Soft White Wheat Berries from Palouse Brand

Our Soft White Wheat Berries are used primarily in pastry flours and is sweeter than the hard white and hard red wheat berries. Try them in biscuits, blueberry pancakes, pizza dough and sugar cookies. These wheat berries are perfect for getting whole wheat nutrition with all-purpose flour baking properties.

There is so much more to learn about wheat berries. Stop back again for I will continual to write about wheat berries.

Thanks for stopping in at Kev’s Key Largo Living.

 

 

 

 

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