Have you heard of farro (pronounced FAHR-oh)? Chances are you haven’t, but be on the lookout as this ancient grain starts to make its way back to grocery stores shelves over the next year. We discovered it at Costco, among all places, and were thrilled to try another vegetarian protein source.

What is Farro?

Farro is one of the oldest grains cultivated by humans and is believed to have fed the Roman legions as they marched across Europe and the Middle East. It was originally found in in the Middle East and is now primarily grown in Italy. It is minimally processed, very nutritious, and a great way to add a vegetarian protein source to your diet.

Farro Features

  • Good (vegetarian) source of fiber, protein, and iron
  • Low-gluten
  • Versatile, can be eaten with a variety of foods and spices
  • Pearled farro is easy to prepare, cooks in just 15 minutes

(Pearling removes the outer husk of the seed, shortening the cooking time.)

What does Farro taste like?

Some might describe the flavor as ‘nutty’, but I don’t know if that comes across to me. It’s just a simple taste, similar to brown rice, but with a chewier texture.

What do you do with Farro?

As with all new foods, it can be daunting to figure out ways to use it. Here are a few of the ways we’ve found (so far) to include it in our diet:

  1. Add to plain tomato soup (or any thin soup) for extra protein
  2. For breakfast with maple syrup and blueberries (or any fruit, and maple syrup is optional)
  3. Add cooked farro to our squash enchiladas for extra protein
  4. In place of rice in various recipes (burritos, winter greens meal, etc.)
  5. On lettuce salads
  6. Plain in a bowl with some feta cheese
  7. Warm with butternut squash (recipe on back of bag)

Another way I have heard it used (but have not tried) is to make a simple salad with it using garbanzo beans, assorted veggies, fresh garlic, and a light oil/vinegar dressing.

Cooked farro with fruit

winter squash enchiladas (with farro inside)

You can find more Farro recipes online at Earthly Choice. You will find a couple recipes for Side Dishes, Salads, Soups, Breakfast, and Dinner categories.

Where to buy Farro?

Finding Farro is probably going to be the biggest challenge right now, that is until it becomes more mainstream here in the United States. We discovered it at our local Costco (which has a fabulous selection of organic items) for just $7.99 for a 3 lb. (48 oz.) bag, although not every Costco will carry it. It may depend on your area of the country. I have also seen it at Whole Foods, although it comes in a smaller bag and the price doesn’t even come close to matching Costco’s price (I think it was almost $6 for a 12 oz. bag).

The Earthly Delights brand is available on Amazon.com, but the best prices I could find for organic Farro online were at Shop Organic.

What do you think?

Does this interest you? Are you willing to try it? Or if you have already tried it, what do you think? Let me know your thoughts (and any great recipes)!

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Wendy – ParentingTips365.com

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