221216 "Farro.. Ancient Grain, Bright Future"

I admit it. I listen to cooking Podcasts. They intrigue me. There is always something to learn and I am constantly trying to better my skills in the kitchen for the sake of my kids.. I also learn about ingredients and foods that I don't always cook with, and the other day I was reminded of Farro. 

Farro is qualified as an 'ancient grain'. It lives in the same family of whole grains as bulgur wheat and buckwheat but the commercial production has not been so prevalent. Since the Farro grain is not so commercial, it is not a big GMO product!. Farro has been prepared for thousands of years, dating back to the Ancient Fertile Valleys of Egypt. 

Gluten Free cooking and baking is something that I recommend to curb inflammation and disease. Farro, like its other grain cousins, does contain gluten. There are varying degrees and amount of gluten in particular grains and Farro falls on the low end of the gluten spectrum and can be decreased even further if you soak it in water before baking with it. 

A major benefit of this grain is the high fiber content. Eating a high fiber diet from grains, nuts and vegetables helps keep the metabolism in check, reduces the chance of stroke, and can lower your blood cholesterol. Because the grain is primarily produced in a non-GMO form it contains a much higher nutrient profile than wheat and even quinoa! Vitamin B, Zinc, Magnesium, and iron are contained in each kernel of grain. 

If you want to know how to cook with it, just look to the italians. Italians use this in their cooking more than most. Farro can be boiled and served like a pasta, Farro can be ground down to flour form and then made into many different things, put into salads like other grains, and added to stews for extra thickness. 

This grain is stuffed with protein. Recently I wrote a post about how and why to Sprout your grains before you eat or cook with them. Go back and see or just google what 'sprouting grains' is and you will surely see the benefits. By soaking the grains you break down the anti-nutrients that nature has put in them to ensure the survival of the species. As the grains sprout, you unlock the nutrients and a high amount of protein!

Farro is pretty popular now and can be found in many supermarkets. If you cannot find it, i am positive you can order it online and have it shipped. I encourage you to try this great grain if you do not have a gluten intolerance or perhaps a minor intolerance. Thinking outside the box and trying new things expands not only your ability to cook food well but also allows for a greater nutrient profile in your diet. Get some, try some, and train optimal my friends. 

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