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An ancient grain first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent, farro has a lovely nutty flavor and a delicate chew which transforms this risotto into a hearty and rustic dish. Parmesan cheese and butter adds a creamy texture, while the acidity of the white wine and umami from the wild mushrooms and thyme deliver a delicious and balanced flavor. Farro can be found whole, semi-pearled, or pearled. Whole farro has all the bran and nutrition, and semi-pearled retains some of the bran and nutrients. Pearled has the least.