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Kitchen Dictionary: farina

Farina is a bland-tasting meal made from cereal grains that when cooked in boiling water makes a hot breakfast cereal, but can also be cooked like polenta. Also sold as "Cream of Wheat," farina is made from the endosperm of the grain, which is milled to a fine granular consistency and then sifted. Although the bran and most of the germ are removed, this cereal is sometimes enriched with B vitamins and iron. Its name comes from the Latin word for meal or flour, which in turn traces to far, the Latin name for spelt, a type of wheat. Farina was the first genuine flour before milling stones.

Dietary Information

This Product contains gluten and is not suitable for those on a gluten free diet. Possible substitutions could be cream of buckwheat or hot rice cereal or possibly grits, depending on the recipe.


Season: available year-round

How to select: Located in the breakfast aisle of most supermarkets.

More Farina Recipes
Popular Farina Recipes
Oma's Cream of Wheat Pudding (German Griesbrei)
Sabine's Farina Dumplings
Swedish Whipped Farina

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 649
Calories from Fat 7 (1%)
Total Fat 0.9g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 165mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 137.3g 45%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 18.7g 37%

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