A High Protein, High Fiber Grain called “Farro”

My children and I are on Nantucket this weekend and we went to dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Brant Grille, because nothing else reasonable in town was open (off season, still).   I don’t like spending much money on dinner since I’m such a light eater (in other words, $40 for a steak is too ridiculous for me).  So I decided to go with one of the lower cost dishes on the menu, that happened to be vegetarian, “Farro-Zotto”.  I wasn’t sure what it really was, but the description said, “House made ricotta, zucchini blossoms, watercress, orange oil”.  I assumed the “zotto” meant some type of risotto.  I asked the waiter to explain the dish.

He told me that Farro is a type of grain that is high in protein and fiber.  I was surprised I never heard of it, being a nutritionist and all, but I hadn’t.  I decided to try it.  It tasted fantastic!  A little too salty (most likely due to cooking), but It was filling, tasty, and healthy!  I could taste a hint of orange (from the oil), and the ricotta added a great taste and texture to the dish.  I am going to have to try this at home.

I got back to our cottage and Googled “farro”.  It appears to be a grain similar to barley.  I’m not sure where to find it, but my guess is that Whole Foods Market would probably be your best bet.

If you’re interested in discovering a new high protein, high fiber grain, give farro a try.  I really liked it!

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