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What is special about Freekeh?

Freekeh has 4 characteristics

  • Convenient. It is easy to cook, can be used as an ingredient and is extremely versatile.
  • Safe. It is 100% natural, free from all chemicals, additives, preservatives, pesticides and pesticide residues.
  • Healthy. It is extremely good for bowel health, assisting weight loss, combating diabetes and may aid in the prevention of bowel cancer.
  • Tasty. Freekeh has a crunchy, nutty taste with a hint of roasted grain.

Is Freekeh organic?

No, Freekeh is not organic. It is however, 100% natural, free from all chemicals, additives, preservatives, pesticides and pesticide residues. Our production process can be certified organic but the limiting factor is the lack of availability of organically certified growers in the region.

Is Freekeh gluten free?

No, it is not gluten free. Because the grains are harvested when green the gluten structure is slightly different and the grain may lack another amino acid called gliadin which acts as a trigger to gluten intolerance. The grain is also burnt which denatures the gluten.

Where is Greenwheat Freekeh produced?

Greenwheat Freekeh is grown and produced in Australia. We have developed a unique production process to make Freekeh by modern, automated means. Unlike traditionally produced Freekeh our product is produced to the highest food standards and complies with FSANZ requirements for food production.

Is Freekeh suitable for ceoliacs?

No. Freekeh may not be suitable for ceoliacs. Over the years, however, anecdotal evidence shows that some ceoliacs have consumed Freekeh without either an adverse or an allergic reaction. This does not constitute scientific research. Research conducted in the Ukraine (still unpublished) however suggests that gluten in Freekeh is not of the normal variety. This research recommends a new classification called ‘free from normal gluten’. This will take many years to prove and, if proven, approve.

If you are a ceoliac and wish to try Freekeh you do so at your risk. One way of trying Freekeh is to try one grain first and see if you develop a reaction. If not then wait a day or 2 and try 2 grains. Wait another day or 2 and try 3 grains. We do not recommend Freekeh to ceoliacs but we understand that the high fibre content in Freekeh coupled with resistant starch will improve the bowel health of ceoliacs with good potential results. Again, if you are a ceoliac we urge caution.

I am allergic to wheat, can I eat Freekeh?

Unless you are a ceoliac, in which case please see above, the likelihood is yes. If you can eat spelt and kamut, then you should be able to eat Freekeh.

Is Freekeh expensive?

No, while the absolute cost of Freekeh may seem high, the cost per serve is highly competitive. One box of 400 grams will serve between 8 and 10 serves and provide a lot of nutrition per serve. Freekeh expands to 3 times its dry weight and because of the high fibre content one needs to consume much less to feel full. The net effect is that the cost per serve is comparable with some white rices.

How does Freekeh compare with other grains?

Please see our Nutrition page for comparative analysis comparing Freekeh with Quinoa, white rice, brown rice and dry white pasta.

How do I cook Freekeh?

Both Cracked and Wholegrain Freekeh can be cooked just like rice on the stove, in the microwave, or in a rice cooker. Cracked Freekeh takes much less time to cook than Wholegrain Freekeh and absorbs a lot of liquid. The yields are in the range of 1 cup (dry) = 3-4 cups cooked.

Wholegrain Freekeh

Microwave
  1. Place 2 cups of boiling water, 1 cup of Greenwheat Freekeh, and ½ a Tsp of salt (optional), in a deep microwavable bowl.
  1. Microwave (1000w) uncovered on high for 14 minutes. Cover and leave to sit for a further 10 minutes.
Absorption Method
  1. Place 1 cup of Greenwheat Freekeh, 4 Cups of cold water and ½ tsp of salt (optional) into a saucepan and bring to boil.
  1. Reduce to simmer, cover with lid. Cook gently for approximately a further 35-40 minutes until tender or until liquid is absorbed.

Cracked Grain Freekeh

Microwave
  1. Place 2 cups of boiling water, 1 cup of Greenwheat Freekeh, and ½ a Tsp of salt (optional), in a deep microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave (1000w) uncovered on high for 14 minutes. Cover and leave to sit for a further 10 minutes.
Absorption Method
  1. Place 1 cup of Greenwheat Freekeh, 3 Cups of cold water and ½ tsp of salt (optional) into a saucepan and bring to boil.
  1. Reduce to simmer, cover with lid. Cook gently for approximately a further 15-20 minutes until tender or until liquid is absorbed.