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tigger

emmer (farro)

Is this only sold in Italy?
It's really popular here : in vegetable soups, with pulses, in pasta. But no-one I've spoken to in England has heard of it.
nora

I've found it.......its a hulled wheat. Heres a link to it.

http://www.farro.com/

Thats an American site though so I don't know if you can get it in the UK.
nora

You can get it mail order here
http://www.machiavellifood.co.uk/product.php?productid=16169&cat=261&bestseller
Says its called spelt in England.

What can you make with it?
tigger

Soups, like I said. My children love the potato and farro soup they get for school lunches. Our school is very good about using organic produce as far as possible.
Also bread, foccaccia, pasta, stews etc.
Used since roman times and much appreciated as it grows well on poor soils
nora

Sounds good, i'll look out for it and see if its for sale in any of the shops round here.
treaclepuss

Dove's Farm used to sell spelt flour - useful for people with a wheat sensitivity (not for coeliacs, though). It's very tasty.
treaclepuss

Just checked on the spelling - spelt (!) is épautre in french.
dougal

treaclepuss wrote:
Dove's Farm used to sell spelt flour - useful for people with a wheat sensitivity (not for coeliacs, though). It's very tasty.

Still do, I think. Others sell it too.
Its low in gluten, so in bread its best used IMHO as component - up to about 30% of the total flour.
And it does make for a deeper sort of flavour.
I believe its an ancient predecessor (ancestor?) of our modern wheats. And I have a feeling that its flour always been more popular (and hence available) in Germany than here.

But its pretty rare to find grains (rather than flour), though of course its called for in the River Café cookbooks... Twisted Evil Laughing
marigold

You can buy spelt grain from https://www.wheatgrass-uk.com/acatalog/Basic_Products.html and http://www.infinityfoods.co.uk
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