Green, flame roasted and hearty “ancient” grain
Freekeh is a supergrain in that it’s a form of wheat that has not been stripped of its nutrients. Freekeh is harvested while the wheat is still green, so the core grain is still moist and too immature to burn even after the wheat is fire roasted. Nutrients are preserved and the roasting method gives it a complex, slightly nutty flavor that can be enjoyed with as little added as salt and pepper, or just few spices like the recipe shared here.
Freekeh is high in fiber and protein and has become a popular ingredient for weight loss and nutrition plans for its appetite curbing effect. This Canaan Fair Trade box is certified USDA Organic, made in its purest form, free from chemicals in cooperative by farmers who have been harvesting and consuming the grain for generations. Besides nutritional value, freekeh is easy to make! Check out a video here, and enjoy with chicken or your preferred meat, or top it on a salad.
Hand-rolled pearl couscous made with whole wheat bulgur
Maftoul is a staple and a traditional Palestinian dish by the same name. Originating from Moroccan couscous, then altered to be made from whole wheat bulgur instead of semolina, maftoul is made in a repetitive process of rolling wheat bulgur with water into tiny pearls. The pearls are steamed over boiling water then sun dried, resulting in a naturally toasted flavor.
This Canaan Fair Trade box is certified USDA Organic, made in women-owned cooperatives in the West Bank. Maftoul has a hearty consistency and can easily absorb flavor, a great ingredient for any season since it can be topped with a comforting stew in the winter, or made into a salad during the summer.
Fair trade za’atar spice blend
Prepared in women’s cooperatives using locally grown ingredients from Palestinian farmers.