About our Hard Red Spring Wheat:
Red wheat berries are an all-purpose whole grain that is full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Wheat berries have a nutty flavor, beautiful golden red color and when cooked on the stove a delectable chewy texture. This makes the great for many wheat berry recipes, especially wheat berries salad. Our hard red wheat berries are typically seeded in April, making them a spring wheat. Spring wheat berries vs Winter wheat berries come down to not only planting time but protein. Winter wheat berries are planted in the Fall and typically have a much lower protein content than their spring wheat counterparts. Our hard red wheat berries have a protein content around 13%. Flour made from our hard red wheat berries makes extraordinary bread flour and produces whole wheat bread with an old-world appeal. Looking for bulk wheat berries or where to buy wheat berries? You have found the place!! Bulk wheat berries are available in twenty-five-pound bags at varying bulk discounts.
What are wheat berries?
What are whole wheat berries? Wheat berries or a wheat berry is a whole wheat kernel except for the chaff, which is removed during harvest. Wheat berries are composed of three parts, the bran, germ, and endosperm. Hard red wheat berries are a beautiful golden-red, best suited for making whole wheat flour or being cooked to add to wheat berry salads, risotto or other wheat berry recipes.
Bulgur vs Wheat Berries:
Bulgur is made from wheat berries, here is a great how-to on making bulgur. Bulgur is cracked wheat that has been parboiled and dehydrated for the convenience of quicker cooking times. Wheat berries are the whole wheat kernel and have a cooking time of about 30 minutes.
It is also important to note that wheat berries are not the same as farro; farro is an ancient and heirloom grain that is often imported.
How to Cook Wheat Berries?
There are many ways to cook and prepare wheat berries. You can make flour, bulgur, cracked wheat or cooked wheatberries. One way to prepare wheat berries is on the stove, another way to cook wheat berries is in a rice cooker. To make flour follow the manufacturer's instructions for your mill, blender or grinder.
How to Cook Wheat Berries on the Stove:
- 1 cup of wheat berries
- 3 cups of water
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Add the wheat berries.
- Stirring occasionally, boil for 30 minutes.
- Start checking the wheat berries to see how tender they are. If they are still tough check every few minutes until they reach the desired tenderness.
- Drain and use as indicated in your wheat berry recipe.
How to Cook Wheat Berries in a Rice Cooker
- 1 cup of Wheat Berries
- 2 cups of water
- Place the berries in the rice cooker and soak them in hot water for an hour.
- Drain the wheat berries, add the 2 cups of water and cook on the regular cycle. Let steam an additional 15 minutes after the regular cycle has run through.
Wheat Berries Recipes:
You might be more familiar with wheat berries in their ground form, whole wheat flour, but we're talking about our fresh whole grain wheat grown in Eastern Washington! If you have never tried whole grain breakfast cereal before here is an idea - Cook our wheat berries in simmering water until soft, add non-fat milk and fresh fruit for a nutritious and healthy breakfast.
Don’t get us wrong though we have a collection of recipes dedicated to our whole wheat flour everything from bread recipes to english muffins even pretzels.
Have a favorite way of using wheat berries to share? Let us know and will give it a try and possibly mention it in our food blog.
Wheat Berries Nutrition:
Hard Red Spring Wheat Berries as stated previously are extremely similar to our Soft White Winter Wheat Berries except that they have a higher protein content, making the proteins the star of the show in the nutritional side of the red wheat berry. Because of this high protein content, the hard red Spring wheat makes a great choice for anybody looking to get their daily dose of protein from an alternative source.
Protein is important to include in every diet mainly because it can energize the body and helps to keep it running properly and healthily. The body can use proteins to repair tissue, and create hormones and enzymes that make you, you!
For those looking to lose weight and increase their fiber intake add our wheat berries to salads, soups and side dishes. Our red wheat berries have a sweet and nutty flavor that makes them a favorite choice for our customers.
What makes our Hard Red Wheat Berries Special?
Our cleaning facility was designed for quality not quantity and has cleaned legumes and grains for the international market and domestic consumption. Our food is appealing to our consumers because of its nutrition, aesthetics, and trace-ability to our farm fields.
What is trace-ability?
Each bag of food comes with a special lot code that allows you to see the dates we planted and harvested your food, pictures of the growing crop and more. All of our products are certified Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Certified and our farming methods are Certified Sustainable by the Food Alliance. Our foods are different because Steve & Kevin Mader plant, harvest, clean and package at our own facilities in Washington State - there are few if any companies that can track your food and the details of your food back to the field as we do.