Wheatberries With Pomegranates And Carmelized Sweet Potatoes
Wheatberry, sweet potato, and pomegranate salad. Photo by Amy Spiro
A colorful, textural and sweet side dish alternative to rice or barley
You don't need to overthink it: Wheatberries are they’re exactly what they sound like. They're the hard, round kernels of the wheat plant. When cooked, they’re a nice, chewy and healthy alternative to rice or barley.
There are many different varieties of wheat berries – hard and soft, red and white, and they all have slightly different cooking times, so consult the package you buy. They will likely be labeled as “wheat berries” or “whole grain wheat” in the store.
I paired the grain with some sweet additions – pomegranate seeds and caramelized sweet potatoes. You can buy pomegranate seeds already “shucked” from their shell, but it’s also not too difficult to do it yourself, gently cracking the fruit open and easing the seeds out with your fingers. If you’re worried about splatters, immerse the pomegranate in water before starting, and coax the seeds out there.