The Food Network kitchens remind growers and consumers that wheat berries are a true whole grain and can add fun to baking. You may not recognize the name, but without these kernels, there would be no flour. Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare and perfect for a meal any time of year.
Wheat berries look like thick, short grains, similar to brown rice. Industrious bakers grind them into whole-wheat flour for baking. When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They're sturdy enough to handle bold salad dressings and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey and cinnamon. If you like sprouts on salads and sandwiches, add a little water to wheat berries and you can grow your own wheat sprouts.
Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. Tasty sprouts are loaded with vitamin E, a cell-protecting antioxidant, and magnesium, which is good for healthy bones and muscles. Look for wheat berries at health-food stores or in the natural-foods section of supermarkets.
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