Disclaimer: I used to be compensated by Tuscan Fields to develop a recipe and write a submit however the ideas and opinions are my very own. Additionally, my timeless love for farro has existed for a number of years prior.
So, is it unusual to be in love with an historical grain?
Perhaps not in case you’re a dietitian. However, as a meals lover, if the grain is scrumptious, has nice texture and is flexible, it’s simple to like.
Enter farro. Farro is definitely a really previous number of wheat, traced again to historical Roman occasions. Often known as “emmer”, it has a nice chewy texture with a nutty, barely candy taste.
When my meals blogger pal, Aviva @ The Six O’Clock Scramble launched me to Suzanne, the rep for Tuscan Fields Farro, I knew we’d get alongside famously. (I used to be critically giddy after Suzanne despatched me some samples within the mail.) After cooking with it and studying extra in regards to the Tuscan Fields story (their farro grows on the pristine hills of southern Tuscany – sigh!), I knew I needed to share particulars with our readers.
Due to my Italian heritage, I’ve cooked farro prior to now; however I’ve discovered it a) laborious to search out and b) a tad costly. Tuscan Fields Farro merchandise are at the moment accessible in Mid-Atlantic space Entire Meals and a number of specialty and pure grocery shops within the Midwest at an inexpensive worth ($3.99 for a 9 ounce package deal.) Different issues I like significantly about Tuscan Fields:
- Comfort: The small 9 ounce packages are good for a household of 4 and are easy to organize.
- Distinctive blends: The three varieties – plain farro, farro with greens, and farro with mushrooms – make wholesome cooking a snap.
- Diet: This farro is semi-pearled, which implies bran has been scored, however not eliminated, for simpler cooking however nonetheless supplies 5 – 7 grams of fiber per serving. It additionally supplies 7 grams of protein together with a decrease glycemic index (so your blood sugar ranges received’t quickly rise and fall.)
- Natural: Tuscany is a licensed non-GMO area and this farro is grown on the Fattoria Pieve a Salti (Pepper & Salt Farm) which can also be an agriturismo – an Italian farmhouse that’s licensed as a resort for vacationing (I couldn’t cease oohing and ahhing over the surroundings.)
Farro can be utilized as you’ll prepare dinner and serve rice – in an entree, as a facet dish, in soup/stew, in sizzling or chilly salads, as a stuffing and even as a breakfast cereal.
This Chickpea & Vegetable Farro Soup is a stew-type dish since farro absorbs a whole lot of liquid. When you choose a extra brothy soup, you’ll be able to add extra water or broth whereas cooking.
I served this soup as a stick-to-your ribs meal with bread and a inexperienced salad to my vegetarian sister who cherished it. (And he or she lived in Italy for 3 years so she is aware of and adores farro, too.)
Different potential variations for this recipe:
- use black beans, corn, tomato and cilantro for a Tex Mex taste
- add leftover hen or shrimp
- combine in leafy greens (like spinach, kale or arugula) 10 -Quarter-hour earlier than cooking time is up
- add chopped potatoes, cauliflower and curry for an Indian twist (with a dollop of yogurt when serving)