This certified-organic pearled wheat grain comes from Italy, specifically the Mugello region of Tuscany. Farro, also known as Emmer Wheat, is the world's original grain from which all others derive-- including rice, barley, wheat and rye. Because it is hard to grow, farro almost became extinct after World War II. However, it is now making a big comeback, especially in Italy, where the top restaurants feature it in soups and side dishes. It has a pleasant nuttiness and a hearty texture. Naturally high in fiber, protein, and B-vitamins, it is also very low in gluten, which is good for those who have an allergy. Farro grains look like brown short-grain rice, but each grain retains a firm, chewy texture even after cooking.