But it's not all about the health benefits here. Wheat berries have a sweet, nutty flavor that makes them incredibly appealing on the table. This flavor works just as well in savory meat and vegetable dishes as it does in sweeter puddings and breakfast dishes. They also hold their shape and chewy texture even after long cooking, which is a boon in winter soups.
Cook wheat berries just most other grains: bring double the amount of water to grains (2:1 ratio of water to grains) to a boil in a small sauce pan, add the grains and salt, cover, and simmer over low heat until the grains are soft. Wheat berries generally cook in about 60 minutes, though soaking them overnight can help reduce the cooking time. You can make a big batch ahead of time, and then either refrigerate them for use during the week or freeze them in batches for quick meals later.
Here are a few recipes to try:
• Winter Wheat Berry Salad with Figs & Red Onion
• Wheat Berry Salad with Blood Oranges, Feta and Red Onion Vinaigrette
• Wheat Berry Salad with Walnuts, Dates, and Celery from Whole Living
• Wheat Berry Breakfast Bow from 101 Cookbooks
• Wheat Berry and Black Bean Chili from Eating Well
How do you like to use wheat berries?
(Image: Whole Living)