Freekeh is a variety of delicious, highly nutritious grain produced from young wheat that is harvested at its nutritional peak and then lightly toasted. Judges highlighted that the microwaveable grains “would be an excellent ingredient for many dishes and salads” and that they had “good nutty flavours, pleasant textures and no soupy, watery runoff.” The nutty taste and wholesome texture of the grains makes Freekeh a flavourful and healthy alternative to rice, couscous and bulgur wheat.
After winning a Great Taste Award in 2015 for Artisan Grains Greenwheat Freekeh, First Quality Foods recognised the importance of convenience and introduced the ready-to-eat version to meet consumer needs. These young wheat ‘supergrains’ are highly nutritious and versatile with four times the fibre of brown rice, a low GI and prebioitic qualities. By shortening the preparation time of the ancient grain, First Quality Food is ensuring that more people can include healthy whole grains in their diets.
Paula Boardman, Commercial Manager of First Quality Foods, commented: “As the nominated European importer of premium-quality Australian Greenwheat Freekeh, we are very excited about being awarded a Great Taste award for our new Microwaveable Wholegrain Freekeh. We are seeing a real rise in popularity of healthy ancient grains like Freekeh and this new convenient format means it’s ready and available to eat and for more people to include in their diets.”
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.