- atomeyes Apr 10, 2012 02:54 PM
is it easy to find?
i've never encountered it.
I've bought it at Lady York and Fiesta Farms. Any Italian grocer/supermarket should carry it. Grande Cheese should have it, as well.
I found it at two small Italian shops on the Danforth -- Masellis (890) and Jerry's Supermarket (1398). Also Fiesta Farms.
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.