Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this review – Freekeh provided me with two samples of their product for free to review and I’m sharing my experience with you candidly.
It’s time to get Freekeh!
“Freekeh” is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. This product was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago in a Middle Eastern village when they were attacked and their crop of young green was set ablaze. The villagers cooked up the remains in an attempt not to starve and Freekeh was created.
Freekeh can be compared to any other grain you would consume – white/brown/wheat rice and quinoa, for example. Freekeh comes up with 3x the fiber and 2x the protein as rice for an 8 ounce serving (6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber), and you even save a few calories if you’re counting. It is also naturally low fat and low sodium, and it is vegan and organic.
Freekeh can be cooked like any other grain and is organic, and their Original Freekeh recipe contains no additional seasoning or salt. You can also purchase Rosemary Sage Freekeh – seasoned with the aromatic flavor of organic rosemary, organic sage and organic sea salt – which they recommend with chicken or pork, or cold summer salads or warm risotto-style dishes. You can also purchase Tamari Freekeh, which is combined with Japanese-style soy for a distinctive Asian flair. It’s made from brewed soy and holds a mild flavor while being significantly lower in sodium than traditional soy sauces. This variety is best with any stir-fry recipe or as a side to a fish entrée.
Freekeh products can be purchased in the US and Puerto Rico through UNFI, KEHE, Haddon House, Nature’s Best, Amazon and Abe’s Market and other local stores near you. You can also purchase in bulk through Freekeh’s online store in 25 pounds bags.
I tried the Original Freekeh recipe and the Tamari Freekeh recipe and I thoroughly enjoyed both. I will probably move forward with just the Original Freekeh recipe because I like my food plain and simple so I can combine a bunch of different flavors based on my mood, which is why I’m such a huge fan of whole grain rice and plain quinoa. Even my husband liked it, so I will definitely be adding this product into our regular line-up.