Freekeh is toasted and cracked young green wheat. It is a whole grain that has been around for centuries and is considered to be an ancient grain. Freekeh is high in fiber, selenium, potassium and magnesium, and it is a good protein source as well, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
Freekeh is available from many specialty retailers and natural food stores. Whole freekeh takes about 50 minutes to cook, while the cracked variety takes about 20 minutes. Similar to rice, freekeh can be cooked in a two-to-one ratio of water or other liquid to the grain until all the liquid is absorbed and the freekeh is tender.