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Rye Berries

Rye Berries are the whole-grain form of rye with only the hull removed. When cooked, they have a mild, walnut-like flavor and a firm, chewy texture.

  • Light, putty brown color

  • Approximately 1/4 inch to 5/16 inch long

  • Lower gluten content than wheat, but not gluten free

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    Price: $17.40
    $0.11 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Rye can be used in salads, soups, stews, breads, pilafs, stuffings, as a hot breakfast cereal, or as a substitute for rice

  • Add to fresh vegetables and toss with vinaigrette for a hearty, filling grain salad

  • Serve as a hot cereal with dried fruit and nuts

  • Add to soups and stews

  • Basic prep

    Add 1 cup Rye Berries to 4 cups boiling water. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for about for 1 hour. Strain off excess liquid.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place.

    Ingredients

    Rye berries.

    Modern cultivated Rye (Secale cereale) is believed to have originated from either Secale montanum, a wild species native to southern Europe and Southwest Asia, or from Secale anatolicum, a wild species found in the Middle East. Rye grew as a weed in wheat and barley fields in Asia before it was recognized as a valuable crop and began to be domesticated in the 4th century B.C.

    Rye is a hardy grain that grows more quickly than wheat and can withstand harsh conditions such as flooding, drought and colder temperatures. Rye was sometimes referred to as "the poverty grain" for its ability to withstand poor soil conditions. However, this name also came about from the propensity in Western societies for the nobility to eat wheat bread while the poorer classes ate heavier, but more nutritious, rye bread.

    Rye is now a very popular baking grain, especially in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, where various types of rye flour are used in a range of different styles of bread. While not gluten free, it is lower in gluten than wheat. Rye is also used to make whiskey.

    Whole rye berries are often cooked until firm and chewy, and used in salads, soups, stews, pilafs and hot cereal. They also make a delicious alternative to rice.

    Rye is rich in dietary fiber. Unlike most grains, rye contains a high level of fiber in its endosperm, not just in its bran, meaning that rye products often have a lower glycemic index, making them especially good for diabetics. The high fiber content also promotes a prolonged feeling of fullness, which can help with weight management. Rye also contains a variety of amino acids, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins.

    Classic recipe

    Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Rye Berries

    This simple, German-inspired side dish combines healthy, flavorful Rye Berries with red cabbage cooked in vinegar and sugar, making it a perfect pairing with bratwursts or smoked sausages.