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.