I’m really excited about the April Essentials Box – and glad we could get some amazing flour into the mix, given how much more baking everyone is doing.
Here’s what’s in the box:
- Pearled Farro from Maine Grains
- Red Fife Wheat Flour from Maine Grains
- Yellow Grits from Geechie Boy Mill
- Christmas Lima Beans OR Ayacote Morado Beans from Rancho Gordo
- Tagliatelle Nests from Bona Furtuna
- Sea Salt 72% Dark Chocolate from Manoa
You can cook the Farro according to instructions in my "How to Cook: Grains" post.
The Limas and Ayacote Morados can be cooked according to my "How to Cook: Beans" post.
And for the yellow grits, check out "How to Cook: Grits".
Read on for more!
Maine Grains Pearled Farro
We’ve had a similar farro once before – our original Essentials Box features farro piccolo from Geechie Boy Mill. This farro can be used quite similarly, as a heartier grain in lieu of rice in anything from fried rice to risotto to soups.
And it’s just about the perfect base for a grain bowl or salad.
Maine Grains Red Fife Wheat Flour
Flour has been hard to come by lately, so enjoy some from Heritage Red Fife wheat, milled by Maine Grains and grown by partners.
This flour is a bit sweet and nutty, with a reddish hue and a lovely aroma with your baked goods. Use in breads, pastries, biscuits, and crusts.
If you'll be baking, here are the stats from Maine Grains:
Falling Number: >250
Geechie Boy Mill Yellow Grits
The original stone-ground goodness from Ben to Table fave Geechie Boy Mill.
Just cook like normal stone-ground grits and enjoy soft, or leave in a pan to dry in the fridge and then fry up for cakes.
Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima/Ayacote Morado Beans
The bean supply is a bit tight this month, so subscribers are getting one of two beans: Christmas Limas or Ayacote Morados.
The Limas are just about the prettiest Lima bean you’ve ever seen – all the meat you expect, but with a chestnut-like texture and nutty flavor. The Morados are also big and beefy, and get creamy with a long cook. Part of the Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc project, to support Mexican farmers growing indigenous products.
The in addition to regular uses for a big bean, the Limas are, of course, perfect for succotash. The Morados do great in more of a pot bean or refried situation.
Bona Furtuna Ancient Grain Tagliatelle
These tagliatelle nests come to us from Sicily, made with organic ancient grain durum flour, then bronze died and cut by hand.
It cooks nicely to an al dente texture (just follow instructions on the box) and goes well with a saucy ragu or tossed with bacon, eggs, cheese, and peas for a twist on carbonara.
Manoa Chocolate Sea Salt 72%
Manoa is a craft chocolate producer on Oahu Island. Their sea salt bar is made from 72% cacao, with salt from evaporated Molokai sea water. Just open and enjoy.