Photo: Levi Brown

2 of 4
Chewy, wheat-like grains that taste similar to barley

Origin: Egypt

Why It's Healthy:
In addition to vitamins B and E, farro is rich in magnesium—which Los Angeles–based dietitian Ashley Koff calls nature's muscle relaxant. She recommends adding farro to your diet to relieve tension and cramps.

Whip It Up:
Soak the grains overnight, and drain. Combine 2 cups water with 1 cup farro and bring to a boil; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 25 to 35 minutes. For 6 to 8 servings of a hearty vegetarian dish, chef Heap mixes 2 cups cooked farro with 1/2 pound sautéed shiitake mushrooms, ¼ cup cream, and ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, then simmers until thick, adding salt to taste.

Buy it online: ansonmills.com