Definition of freekeh in US English:



  • A cereal food made from unripened wheat that has been roasted and crushed into small pieces, used especially in Middle Eastern cooking.

    ‘cook the freekeh in simmering salted water for about 15 minutes, then drain’
    • ‘Add tomato sauce, cooked freekeh, 1 cup vegetable broth, bell pepper, tomatoes, and the seasonings (paprika, coriander, chipotle chili pepper, gumbo file).’
    • ‘The shop is already stocking freekeh, the sprouted green wheat that has replaced quinoa as the hipster grain de jour and is grown by a Palestinian farming co-operative in the West Bank.’
    • ‘Freekeh is normally eaten in place of rice, to which it is nutritionally superior.’
    • ‘The initiative will bring together the elderly women of the community with young students to prepare two dishes: Couscous and freekeh (toasted green wheat).’
    • ‘This stops ripening, improves preservation and gives Freekeh its characteristic toasted flavor.’
    • ‘There's a freshly made sushi station with wholegrain rice or white rice, a Korean barbecue, and salad bar to create your own with black rice, quinoa or freekeh.’
    • ‘Chicken with freekeh, the latter swollen with the chicken stock in which it is cooked, is a remarkably good combination.’
    • ‘Freekeh, an unusual green wheat, has long been produced in the region of Jabal'Amel in the south of Lebanon.’
    • ‘Freekeh, roasted green wheat, is an exceptional delicacy of the Arab world.’
    • ‘Like quinoa, freekeh is chock-full of protein, slightly nutty, and dead easy to cook.’


Arabic farīka, from farīk ‘rubbed’, from faraka ‘to rub’ (the grain is rubbed between the hands, so that the husks can be blown away).