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Freekeh / Fereek / Frikeh

A toasted grain, resembling cracked wheat. It's a speciality of many Middle Eastern countries, where it's often used to accompany chicken and suchlike. It's often used on occasions where we would use rice or couscous.

There are two main types - a coarse-grained version with a greeny-brown colour with a slightly smoky taste; and another, more definitely brown in colour, with whole grains - which is rather bland.

The former is still prepared in the fields, by roasting the green wheat stalks over an open fire.

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