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Whole, not pearlized Farro

Jane A. Feb 7, 2011 08:01 AM

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. sgordon RE: Jane A. Feb 8, 2011 09:42 AM

    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. Delucacheesemonger RE: Jane A. Feb 8, 2011 10:19 AM

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

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        Jane A. RE: Delucacheesemonger Feb 8, 2011 04:08 PM

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

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          Miss Needle RE: Jane A. Feb 9, 2011 09:01 AM

          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.

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            rose water RE: Miss Needle Feb 9, 2011 09:42 AM

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

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              Miss Needle RE: rose water Feb 9, 2011 09:51 AM

              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?

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                loratliff RE: Miss Needle Feb 9, 2011 09:52 AM

                Nope. Members get discounts, but anyone can shop.

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                  Miss Needle RE: loratliff Feb 9, 2011 09:53 AM

                  THanks! Will check it out one day.

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                  rose water RE: Miss Needle Feb 9, 2011 09:54 AM

                  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.

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                    Miss Needle RE: rose water Feb 9, 2011 09:56 AM

                    "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.

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                  Jane A. RE: rose water Feb 9, 2011 10:20 AM

                  Do you remember near which Ave(s)?

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                    loratliff RE: Jane A. Feb 9, 2011 02:41 PM

                    It's between the Bowery and 2nd. Like most things nowadays, they have a website: http://www.4thstreetfoodcoop.org/ ;)

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            orthorunner RE: Jane A. Feb 8, 2011 07:23 PM

            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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              Delucacheesemonger RE: orthorunner Feb 8, 2011 08:17 PM

              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

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              chaz RE: Jane A. Feb 8, 2011 07:58 PM

              Agata and Valentina?

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                erica RE: chaz Feb 9, 2011 03:05 AM

                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.

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                  Jane A. RE: erica Feb 9, 2011 07:44 AM

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

              2. loratliff RE: Jane A. Feb 9, 2011 08:00 AM

                FreshDirect has it: http://www.freshdirect.com/category.j...

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

                1. rose water RE: Jane A. Feb 9, 2011 08:45 AM

                  you might try calling cayuga organics. their farro (which they call something else--emmer?) had quite a few with husks thrown in, and though i've not seen them sell it that way, they might be able to help.

                  never seen it at the harlem fairway.

                  this sounds fascinating and delicious--if you do end up finding a source, please report back!

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                    Jane A. RE: rose water Feb 9, 2011 09:38 AM

                    Will do - and also whether it "pops" the way I hope it will.

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                    bloodorange RE: Jane A. Feb 9, 2011 08:46 AM

                    If you have any friends who are members at the Park Slope Food Coop, not only is their farro whole, but it's organic, grown in NY, and cheap.

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                      Jane A. RE: bloodorange Feb 9, 2011 09:42 AM

                      Thanks - I'll try to call them and trace a source.

                    2. NYCkaren RE: Jane A. Feb 15, 2011 07:26 AM

                      I was in Buon Italia at Chelsea Market the other day and I saw whole farro there.

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

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                        Jane A. RE: NYCkaren Feb 15, 2011 10:10 AM

                        Thanks one and all - I will "excursion" this weekend.

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