Rye is a cereal grain. It is similar in appearance to wheat but is longer with a slenderer profile. It has a hardy, deep nourishing taste and contains promising nutrients that contribute to one’s overall health. Rye is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, phosphorus, copper and magnesium. It can be found in a whole or cracked grain form, as well as in the form of flour or flakes. It varies in color from a light, yellowish brown to a green-tinted grey.
Rye was cultivated in 400 B.C., making it one of the newest domesticated cereal crops worldwide. It was thought to have originated from a weed that would often grow in wheat and barley fields. In some cultures, rye is not viewed with a high regard and is often seen as a food for the poor. While in Scandinavian and other surrounding European countries, rye holds an important position and is used in many staple foods such as pumpernickel and other various forms of rye bread.
Rye can generally be found in most grocery and natural food stores. Storing it in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place will allow it to keep for several months. As a side note, when purchasing rye bread, be sure to read the ingredients section on the nutrition label. Oftentimes, rye bread is wheat bread with the addition of caramel coloring.
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Rye Berry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Serves 6 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
- Combine 3 cups water and rye berries in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Drain.
- Combine 1 cup hot water and currants in a small bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Drain well.
- Combine rye berries, currants, celery, parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- Combine ¼ teaspoon salt, shallots, rind, juice, and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in oil with a whisk. Pour shallot mixture over rye mixture; toss well to coat.
Nutrition information per serving: 174 calories, 5.3 grams of fat, 4.8 grams of protein and 29.3 grams of carbohydrates, 5.2 grams of fiber.
Recipe retrieved from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/rye-berry-salad-with-orange-vinaigrette
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