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Ancient grains bring new textures, nutrients to traditional dishes

Ancient grains bring new textures, nutrients to traditional dishes

The food of the pharaohs is back.

Ancient grains like farro and spelt are popping up on restaurant menus and on grocery store shelves in increasing numbers as Americans become more health-conscious and concerned about what's on their plates.

Just look in the cereal aisle. Kellogg's and Kashi recently introduced breakfast mixes that include quinoa, barley and other ancient grains.

They're not alone. Manufacturers are cranking out ancient-grain products like crackers, cookies, pasta and even tortillas.

Local chefs are paying attention to the demand and adding the grains to their menus. You'll find dishes that include farro at The Brewer's Art in Mount Vernon,...

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