Farro – Have you heard of it?
Not Pharaoh – Farro?
Farro is ancient, minimally processed, and nutritious grain that is believed to have fed the Roman legions as they marched across Europe and the Middle East. As many ultra events often become a march of some sort, Farro sounded like a food source worth investigating.
What did I uncover?
Get Your Protein Here
Farro contains a significant 7 grams of protein per serving (1/4 cup dry). This is greater than either Quinoa or Brown Rice.
Although not gluten-free, Farro has significantly less gluten than wheat. For those that have sensitivities to gluten or concerns with it, this may be noteworthy.
Moderately Short Cook Time
Many often explain the taste as “nutty”. I feel nutty in saying nutty but apparently not typing nutty so…I can only describe it as having a very mild flavor as one would typically expect from a grain.
The cooked Farro size is greater than brown rice or Quinoa, so you do enjoy a chewier experience. Farro may just burn the most calories in the grain category as you enjoy it. Bonus!
I have found Farro very tasty both warm, cold, plain, or with a team of supporting food mates.
A few ways I have Farro’d it up:
- Plain bowl to supplement my meal (may toss in a little Feta cheese)
- Breakfast with some fruit
- Warm within a Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash recipe (recipe on back of bag)
- Add it to a big tasty salad. Very nice addition especially if you want some extra protein/carbs.
- Add to a thin soup to hearty it up.
- Add to some vegetarian enchiladas to up the protein.
The Biggest Challenge – Where to find it?
Unfortunately, it is not that common of a grain in the U.S. We purchased our organic 48 oz bag at Costco for $7-$8. I have seen it at Whole Foods (smaller bag) although the price is nowhere close to Costco.
The best prices I could find online was at Shop Organic.
You can also check Amazon.
For more tasty Farro food ideas, you can check out the Farro Recipe Section on Earthly Choice. You will find a couple recipes for Side Dishes, Salads, Soups, Breakfast, and Dinner categories.
My family is a big fan of this hearty grain. Farro also provides another option for those looking for vegetarian sources of protein. March on!
For those that eat Farro, what do you think of it? Any recipies?
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
(photos: Courtesy of d4vidbruce)
Posted on 25 Jan 2011