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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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The wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel not including the hull. They are usually a tan to re...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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May 21, 2014
Wheat Berries

The wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel not including the hull. They are usually a tan to reddish brown color and are available either hard when they are packaged dry, or soft when they are packaged in a can as a processed grain. Wheat berries are often added to salads or baked into a bread to add a crunchy texture as a whole grain. Wheat berries also provide excellent nutritional benefits. Look for wheat berries at a health food store or in the natural foods section of your local supermarket. If dry, soak the wheat berries for 5-6 hours then drain and cook in salted boiling water like other grains until soft, about 45 minutes. Add drained cooked wheat berries to soups, serve hot as a side dish, or serve cold in a delicious salad. Wheat berries have a nutty flavor so they are great with fresh vegetables and with honey and dried fruits as a dessert.