History traces freekeh back to ancient Egypt and in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. The story goes that in 2300 B.C., a nation in the Eastern Mediterranean was anticipating an attack on their city. Worried about losing their crops and starving, they picked the early green heads of wheat and stored them. Unfortunately, the city came under fire and their green wheat was burnt. The people, not ready to throw out their food supply, rubbed the wheat heads and found the grain not only edible, but delicious!