Friday, November 5, 2010

What is farro?!

Thank you to my friends who emailed me, I realized that I posted that amazing farro risotto recipe, but didn't properly describe what farro is! Here's a quickie explanation taken straight off the package: "farro is one of the oldest unhybridized forms of wheat and has been a part of the Italian diet for centuries...high in fiber and minerals, it is very versatile. It's a hardy plant which does not require the use of fertilizers or pesticides."

Don't feel bad if you'd never heard of farro before my last post. I was first introduced to farro a few years ago when I took a "Healthy Cuisines" professional development course at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus with my dear friend, Cindy. Ah, fabulous memories of that week. When not donning our chef whites and holding our own as the only two women in the kitchen, Cindy and I were trolling vineyards and restaurants and filling our suitcases with farro to bring back home. Nowadays, it's much more readily available so do give this delicious farro risotto recipe a try!

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