Farro is essentially an unhybridized ancestor of modern wheat. The ancient heirloom grain has long been cherished for its deep, nutty flavor, wonderfully al dente texture and high nutritional value (high in fiber, magnesium, vitamins A, B, C and E, just to name a few).
Rustichella d'Abruzzo's farro is 100% grown on 50 hectares of land between the town of Penne in Abruzzo and the Gran Sasso (the highest peak of the Apennine mountains). Gianluigi Peduzzi of Rustichella d'Abruzzo works alongside a group of local farmers to grow farro vestino, a variety local to the region. This varietal is toasty, rich and earthy. Plus it retains a pleasingly toothsome bite after cooking.
The whole grain farro from Rustichella d'Abruzzo is semi-pearled and that's the way we like it. While the pearled is easier and quicker to cook, the nutrients vanish with the bran, along with a good bit of the flavor.
How to use
Rustichella d'Abruzzo's whole grain farro is as versatile as it is tasty. Use it in soups, make Farrotto con Porcini (risotto-style farro with mushrooms) or turn it into grain salads and quick sautés.
Cook a big batch of farro on the weekend and keep on hand for easy, healthful meals all-week long. Warm with greens and top with a poached egg for breakfast. Make the ultimate grain bowl for lunch (yes, your coworkers will be jealous). Or dress with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of chopped herbs for a quick side dish come dinnertime. Read our 5 favorite quick meal ideas using this treasured ancient grain.