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Source for Farro

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I am trying to track down some farro, preferably on the Far North Side/Evanston area.

Marketplace on Oakton had some Ziyad brand Shelled Wheat, but I understand that farro is something different.

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  1. I saw farro both dry and prepared in jars at Fox & Obels this week. Can't remember the price, though. Haven't seen in in the Evanston area.

    1. Farro is a wheat relative, Triticum dicoccum. Many sources find the more readily available spelt, Triticum spelta, an acceptable substitute, but it's somewhat mushier when cooked.

      For farro, check Italian gourmet stores. I'd try Convito Italiano (Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847/251-3654); Isola Imports (1321 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312/421-9490); and Conte di Savoia (1483 W. Taylor St., Chicago, 312/666-3471). Spelt's available at most health-food stores.