'Tis the season for Freekeh

Those living close to the ground know that now is the time in the biblical Heartland for the harvesting and grinding of freekeh. Freekeh is the Arabic descriptor for a “hard” wheat (durum wheat or Triticum turgidum) that has been consumed in the Mediterranean basin since ancient times. Timing is everything, as the grains must be collected while still green in order to survive the roasting and rubbing process (note the name is from the Arabic farik, “to rub”) that gives freekeh its unique texture and flavor.