February 4, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Ancient Grains, Newfangled
As we look for interesting foods to continually please and provoke our palates, an astonishing thing is happening—ancient grains, some as old as civilization itself, are getting a fresh look. Suddenly everything old is new again!
At Trader Joe's we're not just bringing back ancient grains, we're making them faster and easier to prepare, too. Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro and 10 Minute Barley are two of the quick-cooking ancient grain options you'll find on our grocery shelves. Both of these grains are Italian grown (Barley comes from Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany; Farro comes from Marche & Umbria) and packed for us by an Italian supplier who's perfected the art & science of par-cooking these grains without compromising their nutritional value, flavor or texture.
The grains are cleaned, then cooked with steam, then dried, then cooked a bit more with hot air, then cleaned again and packed. This process preserves the nutritive values of the grains, while cutting their cooking time from 30-50 minutes down to 10. That's right—10 minutes! Enjoy them as you'd enjoy rice or quinoa—salads, soups, sides come to mind. Both Farro and Barley are slightly nutty, with a pleasant chewiness. You can cook them with water, or ante up the flavor a bit by using chicken or vegetable broth.
We're selling each 8.8 ounce bag of 10 Minute Farro or 10 Minute Barley for $1.79, a very modern value for these newfangled ancient grains. They're in our grocery aisle.