Wheat Germ, Raw
5 lb bag $14.50
25 lb sack $72.50
Wheat germ is a healthy food that’s not often appreciated for its full value. Many people have never even heard of it, let alone tried it. It has a deliciously toasted nutty flavor and is packed with nutrition. A good source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, wheat germ makes an excellent addition to baked goods and savory dishes.
The wheat berry or kernel has three components that include the germ, the bran, and the endosperm. The refinement process that creates the wheat flour we’ve come to know and love strips away the germ, where all the nutrients are stored, and the bran, where the fiber hangs out. The endosperm is the starchy component of the trio and remains the sole survivor in the final wheat flour product. That’s where wheat germ comes in handy.
Loaded with all those nutrients, raw wheat germ adds the healthy punch back into your flour. Besides fiber, wheat germ also contains vitamin E, thiamin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. It’s sodium-free with zero cholesterol and contains less than 25 calories per tablespoon.
Raw wheat germ adds flavor and texture to a variety of recipes. To maintain nutrition and freshness store it in the refrigerator. Replace up to one-half cup of flour with wheat germ when baking cookies, muffins, and bread. It also adds wonderful taste and detail as a topping for fruit pies, fruit salads, yogurt, and ice cream. Use raw wheat germ as a nutritious breading for chicken and fish, or as breadcrumb filler for meatballs and meatloaf. Wheat germ compliments casseroles, stews, and soups.