Before Mediterranean Folks were introduced to rice and adopted it, wholeheartedly, roasted green wheat or Friekeh was the main staple. It is basically wheat harvested while still green and smoked in the fields. The farmers would then crack it (or keep it whole) and store it to eat throughout the year. It is available at middle-eastern stores under the name friekeh or freekeh, either in boxes or bags or in bulk. It is extremely nutritious. If you thought brown rice was the most nutritious, think again! Friekeh (pronounced free-ke) has 4 times more iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, than brown rice!! Friekeh can be used in so many ways: as a side dish, like rice; in a pilaf, with meat or veggies; in salads or soups.