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Learn to Love: Farro

If you're looking for a new grain to try, pick up some farro. Also known as emmer, it's a variety of wheat that originated in the Middle East, but is primarily grown in northern Italy. It's similar to barley and wheat berries, and can be used in place of rice, quinoa, couscous, or other grains in your favorite dishes. It has a satisfyingly chewy texture similar to brown rice, and if you buy semipearled farro, it decreases the cooking time to 45 minutes to an hour.

1/2 cup cooked Farro Long Grain Brown Rice Quinoa
Calories 100 108 115
Total Fat (g) 1 .9 1.8
Sodium 0 5 10
Carbs (g) 26 22.4 21.4
Fiber (g) 3.5 1.8 1.8
Protein (g) 4 2.5 4

Farro is low in calories and fat, but also higher in fiber as compared to other whole grains. It also has a decent amount of protein per half cup serving. If you can't find it at your nearby health food or specialty store, you can order it through Amazon for $8 for a pound and a half. If you need a recipe idea, check out Yum's Spring Farro Salad.

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lightpollution lightpollution 8 years
good idea!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oooh, I bet this would be SO good in place of brown rice. And with almost double the protein, it seems like a pretty decent choice. I've seen it at my grocery store, but I can only get it in the bulk health food section and the last couple of times I've been in the store, it's been sold out. Guess it's more popular than I thought.
LindsayLou LindsayLou 8 years
If semipearled farro take 45 minutes to an hour to cook- how long does the regular stuff take?!
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