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London: Farro (Emmer), Gruenkern, Spelt, Einkorn : where to buy in London?

echoclerk Nov 20, 2012 01:16 AM

Where can I buy some of these more esoteric whole grains in London?

We used to make Emmer "Risotto" quite often in Germany as these grains are quite easy to find in Bioladen there but I haven't found any Emmer in the last 6 months in London.

from Wikipedia:
" There is much confusion or disagreement about exactly what farro is. Emmer (Triticum dicoccum), spelt (Triticum spelta), and einkorn (Triticum monococcum) are called farro in Italy, sometimes (but not always) distinguished as farro medio, farro grande, and farro piccolo, respectively.[2] Emmer grown in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany is known as farro, and can receive an IGP designation (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) which by law guarantees its geographic origin."

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  1. abby d RE: echoclerk Nov 20, 2012 03:03 AM

    waitrose sometimes stocks farro. health food shops would be my next port of call - holland & barrett sometimes have spelt but not always.

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      pj26 RE: echoclerk Nov 20, 2012 03:30 AM

      I've bought farro at the Italian deli on Brewer St in Soho.

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        greedygirl RE: pj26 Nov 23, 2012 01:13 AM

        I get it from my local deli in Brixton, but you should be able to find it at Lima Stores on Brewer St or Camisa on Old Compton St.

      2. zuriga1 RE: echoclerk Nov 20, 2012 04:09 AM

        Whole Foods sells a lot of grains, but I can't tell you which ones.

        1. echoclerk RE: echoclerk Nov 22, 2012 01:36 AM

          I've tried a lot of the health food shops. Holland and Barret and Wholefoods but as yet haven't found any proper Emmer / Farro.

          Italian Deli's is a very good suggestion. I'll have a look next time I pas one or happen to be in Soho.

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