Fine Bulgur Wheat
Fine Bulgur is made from hulled hard red winter wheat berries that are processed to remove a small amount of the bran, then steamed, dried and finely cracked. The result is a quick-cooking and nutritious grain dish.
Rinse and place 1 cup bulgur in large heat-proof bowl. Stir 2 cups boiling water into bulgur and let stand 15 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Fine bulgur wheat. Contains wheat.
Fine Bulgur (also called "bulghur" or even "bulghul") is a whole-grain product made from hard red winter wheat berries. To make it, hulled wheat kernels are processed to remove a small amount of the bran, then steamed, dried and cracked to a fine grain. This process creates a quick-cooking grain dish that is especially popular in Middle Eastern cuisines (the word "bulgur" is of Turkish origin).
Often confused with cracked wheat, which it resembles, Bulgur is different in that it is steamed (precooked), which speeds up cooking time. There are two types of Bulgur. One is made from soft white wheat berries, which have a more delicate taste, and this product, which is made from hard red winter wheat berries which have a more nutty, earthy taste. Bulgur can also be either finely cracked, like this product, to a particle size resembling couscous or coarsely cracked to a larger particle size.
Bulgur has a mild, nutty flavor. When properly prepared it has a tender, fluffy texture not unlike couscous or rice. It is the main ingredient in the well-known Middle Eastern dishes tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad with chopped mint or parsley, tomato, cucumbers and other ingredients, but it is also a key ingredient in a variety of dishes from many different cuisines. Bulgur also has a starring role in kibbeh, balls of spiced ground lamb or beef coated in bulgur and fried. Coarse Bulgur is also ideal for pilafs, hearty soups and stuffings.
Because only about 5% of the bran is removed during processing, Coarse Bulgur retains much of its whole-grain nutritional profile. It is high in fiber and protein and has a lower glycemic index than white rice, making it a healthful substitute in numerous dishes. It also provides about 10% of the daily requirement of Iron and magnesium.
Tabbouleh is one of the most recognized and traditional Middle Eastern dishes, incorporating the fresh flavors of tomatoes, lemon and mint. Our Fine Bulgur is both easy to prepare and versatile, and a perfect base for this classic recipe.