far·​ro ˈfär-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce farro (audio)
: the grain of an ancient wheat having glumes that tightly enclose the kernel
specifically : the grain of emmer, einkorn, or spelt that is cooked in liquid and used in various dishes (such as soups or salads)
We were making … farro, an ancient wheat variety that can be cooked risotto-style with broth, butter and Parmesan. Heidi Julavits
Soak 1 cup of farro overnight, then simmer with 3 cups water for 25-70 minutes … Gretchen Roberts
Farro, also called spelt, is available at health-food stores. Melissa Clark

Examples of farro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For dinner, a farro bowl with kebab meat, roasted corn, chickpeas, feta, and tzatziki sauce with bread. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Nov. 2023 Whole grain foods include whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta and oatmeal, as well as, popcorn, quinoa, barley and farro. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 Even better: a farro salad tossed with sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrot, scallions and mint. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Compared to whole, unprocessed grains that may add fiber and other nutrients into the mix, refined carbs miss many nutrients available in staples like wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat and farro. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 4 July 2023 Its date-honey vinaigrette was in no way cloying, and a swipe of labneh brought in a nicely dense creaminess that stood up to fluffy-chewy farro. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Ancient grain farro helps bulk up the recipe by adding protein and fiber. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 July 2023 Good freekeh subs Swap in farro, bulghur, whole wheat couscous. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 5 May 2023 The farro salad tasted fresh, with radishes, tomatoes, and basil, and the farro was cooked to still retain a good amount of bite. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of farro was in 1828

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“Farro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farro. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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