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Wednesday Food: Wheatberry is the Poor Man’s Farro

In continuing to get to know whole grains I sought out the ingredients for this healthful salad.  After looping round the bulk and grain sections of Whole Foods for half an hour I discovered the recipe’s main element there, by the pasta.  Turns out faro isn’t just found in the Black Hills along with whiskey and women, (alright they are spelled differently) but is also a “superfood” grain.  The problem I encountered was that the only farro I could locate was imported and ran upwards of nine dollars per pound.

Wheatberry therefore, is an affordable substitute and similar both in texture– firm and chewy– and its hearty, nutty flavor.  This salad is enhanced by the fruits of squash season, sweetly caramelized red onions, fresh thyme, and goat cheese.  I enjoyed it with a bottle of malty and mature Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen— a consistently good Oktoberfest beer in any vintage.


September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Wednesday Food


  1. Grain salads are a revelation.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | September 29, 2010

  2. Wheatberries are delicious. I have no idea what a farro is. Try the wheatberries with cranberries, onions and a red wine or apple cider vinaigrette.

    Comment by Craig | September 29, 2010

  3. I hadn’t thought of that, but it makes sense that wheatberries substitute for farro well. Farro is a much older variety of wheat (emmer, though wikipedia says that sometimes it refers to einkorn). Farro is delicious, though ridiculously expensive – which is bizarre since grows very well on marginal lands.

    Comment by kyllaros | September 29, 2010

  4. I’m new to grain salads as well, but last night for supper I made a couscous salad which turned out quite well.

    Comment by jms | October 5, 2010

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