Why is an ancient grain eaten by the Romans perfect for today? Because it is an easy way to make a tasty and healthy dish. If you are looking for a great recipe to feed yourself, or your family, or bring to a potluck - use the Farro recipe at the end of this blog or use Farro in place of the rice in your own recipe. Its nutty flavor can make an ordinary dish pop. Why is Farro called an ancient grain? Because it’s considered the original grain from which all the others are derived. It is a direct ancestor of our modern wheats with twice the protein and fiber of modern wheats.
It also can look elegant and modern - surrounded by cantaloupe pieces.
When purchasing this grain, it’s important to note that Farro comes whole, semi-pearled, or pearled. However, even the pearled, which has been most processed, is much more nutritious than the more highly processed and bland grains that are commonly used. In one serving of pearled Farro, there are 5 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein, compared to less than 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein in white rice. Since the unprocessed Farro has the whole bran, it is recommended that it be soaked overnight before cooking. If you haven’t used Farro yet, start with the pearled variety. It can be used in place of other grains for a tastier and more nutritious dish. Try this wonderful grain in this great, versatile recipe.
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Fruit and Nut Farro Salad
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Tricia Gregory, MA,RD/N
A dietitian who is a foodie and loves a great dinner party with wonderful food and terrific friends.