August 3, 2008

You Ask, I Answer: Orzo

Is orzo a whole grain?

-- Cara Montello
(City withheld), NV

If you lived in Italy and asked me this question, I would answer "yes," since "orzo" is the Italian term for barley.

What is known as orzo in the United States, though, is basically pasta made from refined flour. For all intents and purposes, it is like eating standard spaghetti noodles.

As the accompanying picture shows, orzo pasta looks like large grains of barley, hence the name.

1 comment:

Carrie Watson said...

Hi Andy,

I know this is an old post, but I was just reading it and have a question. What if you buy orzo that is imported from Italy? Is it better than pasta that's made in the states? Is pasta from Italy enriched with vitamins and minerals? Is pasta cooked
al dente better for you because it digests slower? I've heard so many different things about pasta from a nutritional standpoint. Some say it's no better than white refined bread, but others say differently? What's the deal?