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Apr 10, 2012 02:54 PM

ISO: farro

is it easy to find?
i've never encountered it.

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  1. I've bought it at Lady York and Fiesta Farms. Any Italian grocer/supermarket should carry it. Grande Cheese should have it, as well.

    1. Rubes has it at the St Lawrence Mkt

        1. re: naturalflavor

          You must have read the article in The Star the other day :)

          1. re: millygirl

            I haven't read the article. Was it any good?

            The last time I bought farro from Costco was sometime last year.

            1. re: naturalflavor

              I found it online as I was curious which article millygirl was referring to:

        2. I found it at two small Italian shops on the Danforth -- Masellis (890) and Jerry's Supermarket (1398). Also Fiesta Farms.

          1. I think "farro" is being used as a (currently trendy) marketing term. There certainly isn't a specific type of grain universally called farro. Most Italian markets stock something labeled farro, which seems to be similar to spelt (if not the same). The word "spelt" has "health food" implications; "farro" doesn't, making it more appealing.

            You can use farro, spelt, and wheat berries of a similar type (e.g., whole, pearled/split, toasted) pretty much interchangeably in recipes.You can also use barley in farro recipes, though I wouldn't consider it interchangeable.

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            1. re: embee

              Hate to disagree with you, embee, but true farro is emmer wheat, not spelt; it's a more ancient grain. I believe the "farro" imported from Italy is, indeed, the real stuff and not spelt. It also does not need to be cooked as long as wheat berries to soften up.

              1. re: embee

                Read the above article if you haven't already embee.