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Feb 7, 2011 08:01 AM

Whole, not pearlized Farro

I'm looking for whole, not semi-pearlized Farro for a recipe. Have had it toasted/puffed like cereal or popcorn in a recipe in Umbria last fall. Fabulous, but you need the whole husk for the steam to build up and pop. No husk, no pop.

It's been suggested that I look at a health food store, but I don't generally frequent them, so have no idea who sells what. Any suggestions in Manhattan? I live mid-town east, but have great subway access. I'm not willing to schlep to the outer boroughs for a recipe ingredient though. Thanks.

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  1. Pretty sure Whole Foods on Bowery has them in bulk, but they might have been the cracked variety. Also, Buon Italia in Chelsea Market is worth checking out / calling - there's quite a lot they have that's not listed on their website, so don't go by that. I'm pretty sure they carry the Rustichella d'Abruzzo brand.

    Also, keep in mind you might find it at various stores under different names than "Farro" - Emmer, Spelt, etc, can all be used depending on the variety / size.

    Buon Italia
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    1. Have been checking as a huge farro en chichi fan, and cannot find unhulled anything, spelt, farro, whatever, sorry

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Thanks, sgordon & Delucacheesemonger - I'll try Chelsea Market the next time I'm there, and just keep flinging myself into variously possible stores.

        1. re: Jane A.

          I don't eat farro so can't tell you whether or not they have it. But I think the best chance of finding it is at Integral Yoga on 13th between 7th and 8th. Best bulk bin I have found in Manhattan with a large variety of grains -- much better than Westerly Health Foods in Midtown West. Not foo far from Chelsea Market -- so may be worth a stop when you're in that area.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Another place with a good bulk grain bin is the food coop in the east village (4th street?)

            1. re: rose water

              I've passed by it a few times but never went in. Does one have to be a member like the Park Slope Food Coop?

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Nope. Members get discounts, but anyone can shop.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  No--you just get a discount if you are. It's a tiny space, but I was pleasantly surprised at their selection--bulk beans and grains, lots of dried fruit, and the organic junk food my daughter loves.

                  1. re: rose water

                    "organic junk food my daughter loves"

                    Ha ha. DH won't eat any trail mix that doesn't have a healthy dose of chocolate in it.

                2. re: rose water

                  Do you remember near which Ave(s)?

                  1. re: Jane A.

                    It's between the Bowery and 2nd. Like most things nowadays, they have a website: ;)

          2. Try Eataly; they had quite a large selection, and may have whole options, though I can't say for certain. The Harlem Fairway also has a lot of grain options, both in bulk and packaged, and may be worth a try as well.

            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: orthorunner

              Actuallly purchased the their last bag of farro at Eataly last time through. Was not the unhulled variety.

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: chaz

                I cook with farro quite a bit and have never seen the whole-grain version in New York, although I shop at all the usual suspects.

                1. re: erica

                  Thanks, all. I may resort to on-line ordering.

              2. FreshDirect has it:

                Doesn't look like it's in-stock now, but typically things are only out of stock for a day or two.