A few months ago I was shopping in Trader Joe's and saw that Farro was one of the items on display. I had never heard of Farro and it peaked my interest, so I bought it.
It also helped that it was relatively cheap, it was precooked and only required 10 minutes to cook. Sold!
That was several months ago. It lived in my food pantry for at least two months, probably because I didn't know what to do with it or how to eat it. The other night I was rummaging through my food pantry and decided I should have a go at eating Farro. As it turns out, it was quite a scrumptious meal.
Farro is a grain from Italy low in gluten (90% of people who are allergic to wheat can tolerate this), high in fiber and jam packed with vitamins, including Magnesium which will help relax you. So not only is it low in fat, fills you up it actually has nutritional value. Wow. It's almost like a super food.
I decided to cook the entire package for dinner and add some vegetables to it. I boiled 3 cups of water and added a vegetable bouillon to enhance the flavor. I added the Farro and cooked it for 10 minutes. It soaked up most all of the water.
It has a nutty flavor and is chewy. It's a great substitute for pasta or white rice. And it doesn't have to be just be in savory dishes. I was researching some recipes and Farro can be eaten for breakfast or in soups and desserts.
If you are interested in learning more about this wonder grain that appears to just be catching on here in the U.S., I've posted a few links below.
There is actually a good deal of information out there on Farro. Here are two websites I found to be useful: http://www.bostonfoodtours.com/recipes-and-tips/farro/ (background information about what it is) and here are some recipe ideas: http://reciperehab.com/blog/post/the-health-benefits-of-farro.
Let me know what you think!
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I have been a vegetarian for more than two decades. I love to introduce new vegetarian foods and recipes to friends and family. If you have something fun to share please contact me.