10 lb package
Rye Berries are the whole-grain form of rye with only the hull removed. When cooked, they have a mild, walnut-like flavor and a firm, chewy texture.
Light, putty brown color
Approximately 1/4 inch to 5/16 inch long
Lower gluten content than wheat, but not gluten free
Modern cultivated Rye (Secale cereale) is believed to have originated from either Secale montanum, a wild species native to southern Europe and Southwest Asia, or from Secale anatolicum, a wild species found in the Middle East. Rye grew as a weed in wheat and barley fields in Asia before it was recognized as a valuable crop and began to be domesticated in the 4th century B.C.
Whole rye berries are often cooked until firm and chewy, and used in salads, soups, stews, pilafs and hot cereal. They also make a delicious alternative to rice.
Rye is rich in dietary fiber. Unlike most grains, rye contains a high level of fiber in its endosperm, not just in its bran, meaning that rye products often have a lower glycemic index, making them especially good for diabetics. The high fiber content also promotes a prolonged feeling of fullness, which can help with weight management. Rye also contains a variety of amino acids, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins.