What you need to know: Unlike the name implies wheat berries are in fact a grain and are the whole kernels produced by wheat. Many people can mistake them for brown rice as they are very similar in appearance. Wheat berries can be prepared and eaten like rice and they have a pleasing chewiness and almost nutty flavour. They are earthier tasting than rice and many people will actually use wheat berries to grind their own home made whole wheat flour. They can be used in salads, as a side dish or as a hearty breakfast. You can also add water to wheat berries in order to grow your own delicious wheat sprouts for garnishes to add to salads or sandwiches.
Season: All year long.
What to look for: You can find wheat berries in health food stores as well as the health or natural foods section at most larger grocery stores.
How to store it: Keep wheat berries in an air tight container for up to six months in a cool, dry pantry or in the freezer for up to a year.
Why you should try it: Wheat berries are very versatile and can be used the same way you would any other grain. You can boil them in salted water until they are al dente and then use them as a side dish such as a pilaf or with additional ingredients such as sautéed mushrooms. They are nutty and flavourful and make lovely salads and are also the perfect whole grain breakfast cereal served warm. Wheat berries are also packed with whole grain goodness offering you an excellent source of fibre, protein and iron. Many people are starting to grind their own flours and wheat berries produce an excellent whole wheat flour lovely for preparing home made breads.