Ancient grain 'superfood' has arrived in UK

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EHL ingredients brings ancient grain to the UK

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EHL Ingredients is bringing an ancient grain native to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, to the UK.

Freekeh is a green cracked wheat gathered before it matures and then roasted to impart a smoky flavour. Its name is derived from the Arabic word al-freek, which means 'rubbed', referring to the rubbing of the wheat grains to rid them of their shells.

The grain is high in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, because it has been harvested while the durum wheat is still young. It can be added to salads, soups and casseroles.

EHL predicts that the grain will follow the rise in popularity of other ancient superfoods such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, kamut, millet, sorghum and teff.

EHL Ingredients's sales director Tasneem Backhouse says: "Ancient grains have experienced a surge in popularity in the UK over the last five years.

"With its exceptional nutritional profile, Freekeh is being hailed as the next big ancient grain … It has at least four times as much fibre as other comparable grains and also has a low glycaemic index."

Contact: EHL Ingredients

Related topics: Proteins, non-dairy

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