Peace Kit: Organic Freekeh from Palestine, 250g
Ancient Grain roasted on flames
For thousands of years, Freekeh has been a firm favorite on menus across Palestine, Syria and Jordan. The legend of the grain begins in a small village east of the Mediterranian. One day, there was an attack on the village which left the harvest seemingly destroyed by a blazing fire. However, the villagers soon discovered that the grains were still edible, in fact, they were even more delicious than before. The fact that the grains were burnt when they were young and green meant that the moisture was retained and, once the charred chaff was rubbed away from the grain, a delicious core was revealed. The cores of the grains had a distinctive nutty, smokey taste – and with that, Freekeh was discovered!
Because Freekeh is harvested so early, it is able to retain nutrients which would be otherwise lost if the grains were left to ripen. It is a highly nutritious food which is great as part of a healthy diet and for general wellbeing – many would even call it a Superfood! Another benefit is its high fibre content. Freekeh contains double as much fibre as Quinoa and four times as much fibre as brown rice. The smokey, nutty taste of the grain means that it is perfect for use in soups or salads and compliments both meat and fish dishes.
Your peace-kit includes:
• 250g Freekeh (green, whole grain)
• “Voices of Palestine” journal
• Recipe cards
Add one part Freekeh to two parts water and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Leave to simmer for approx. 30-40 minutes
Where does the Freekeh come from?
The village of Jenin in the north of the Westbank is the grain chamber of Palestine. It’s there that Conflictfood met with a group of Bio-farmers whose Freekeh has been traditionally cultivated and harvested for many generations. These farmers want to trade with new markets and offer them direct and fair trade.
What’s the social impact?
In order to maintain the country’s ecological diversity and promote farmers’ independence, Conflictfood builds long-term trade relations with Palestinian producers and also facilitates cultural exchange. Through direct and fair trade, farmers and entrepreneurs have more opportunities. These Palestinian farmers can continue to cultivate Freekeh, strengthen their identity and secure their existence. Direct trading helps to strengthen local structures and create long-term economic stability which tackles the causes of migration at the root.
Freekeh offers a sustainable agriculture alternative in a region where water is often scarce. As the grains are harvested when they are still green, they need significantly less water in order to be cultivated and harvested.
The taste of Peace!
We travel in search of local delicacies which reflect the identity of the land and its people. Our journey uses social enterprise to challenge the way we think about our own consumption and how we relate to today’s global challenges. Consumption is always political. Choose Conflictfood – the taste of peace!