Wally, Meet Wheatberry. Or, ‘How a Craisin Taught Fiber a Lesson in Dressing Up.’Salads / October 20, 2013
You all remember Naturalist Euell Gibbons, who was featured on the old 70’s ads for Grape Nuts Cereal. #manypartsareedible. Sadly he keeled over from a heart attack, doubly convincing us that people who eat anything that sounded like it came from a tree would never make it past 40. Personally I think it was a conspiracy by the Twinkie® people, but that’s another blog. Today we’re more apt to combine the popular with the sensible, and even more exciting is the fact that it can still taste incredibly good while lighting up your table with color and satisfaction.
Take the humble wheatberry for instance. It’s nutty flavor and brick red color puts it somewhere between the taste of brown rice and oatmeal spiked with the savory warmth of bread dough. It cooks up easily and stores well, and in our case, after being inspired by a recipe on the side of the package, turns into a very satisfying side or salad.
The package suggested a Waldorf-inspired concoction, which I massaged to fit what I had. Wally never looked so good.