Try something new this summer.

By Carlynn Woolsey

Wheat berries are whole-wheat kernels that contain the bran, germ and endosperm. By nature, this whole food offers a high nutritional profile. It is full of fiber, protein and is a good source of B vitamins, iron, folate and calcium. In traditional Chinese medicine, the wheat berry is used to strengthen vital energy, or “qi,” which can be helpful in overcoming a host of health issues, including depression and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. With its versatility and adaptability to hold up in almost any dish, the wheat berry is a great choice to add variety and a burst of nutrition to any meal.

(Serves 2 Main, 4 Side)

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the shallot and celery to the pot and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, just until the shallots are translucent.
  2. Add the wheat berries and stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the poultry seasoning and thyme, and cover the pot, turning the heat to low. Continue to cook for approximately 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the wheat berries are tender.
  3. Add the dried fruit to the pot, and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes (the fruit should plump and be warmed, through).
  4. Serve with pepper and a sprinkling of fresh thyme.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 3-4 branches fresh thyme, removed from stem
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (or cherries, or raisins)

 

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