Farro (also known as emmer), is an ancient wheat from the Fertile Crescent that dates back to nearly 10,000 years ago. The grain has been discovered in archeological digs and in ancient tombs and is believed to have developed from crosses between wild grasses. It was likely harvested in the wild before people began to select the best plants for cultivation.
Farro is often sold pearled, so it has less bran on the kernel. Prairie Heritage's Farro is completely intact, so nothing has been removed from the kernel that would compromise any of the nutrients the grain has to offer. Its nutritional profile is similar to modern wheat except it is higher in protein, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. It is a versatile grain that can be used in breads, crackers, and salads.
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Since it is an ancient relative of wheat, farro does contain gluten. But like spelt and some other heirloom grains, farro can sometimes be tolerated by those who have only moderate sensitivities to wheat and gluten.
Prairie Heritage Farm, owned and operated by Montana natiives Jacob and Courtney Cowgill, is a diversified, certified organic farm near Power, Montana (northwest of Great Falls). They specialize in heritage and ancient grains, and their products are not available in grocery stores.