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The Pantry Quiz #80


Multiple Choice

In Italian, the name orzo -- the pasta pictured above -- means:

1. Rice
2. Barley
3. Wheat
4. Torpedo


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Boil pomegranate juice down with lemon and sugar to make your own pomegranate molasses at home.]

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Although orzo is rice shaped, it means barley in Italian. Always have it in my pantry.

I'd guess (though the temptation to Google it is strong) that it means torpedo since so many pasta shapes are named for what they look like (ears, shells, etc).

I really have no idea on this one, but I do love whole wheat orzo as an ingredient!

It does mean barley, just as Ms. Post asserted. It is my favorite pasta for soups. I also use it for a rice substitute and in pilaf.

It's gotta mean "barley" - which is "orge" en francais, so I'm guessing "orzo" is derived from the same root.

The experts have spoken but I always have orzo in my pantry and now in many different flavours from a local shop.

It does mean barley, I looked it up!

Preceeded by so many right answers, I'll only add that I have an orzo beverage, made in Italy from roasted barley. Tasty! (You're more likely to find roasted barley drinks in Asian markets. I have some from Mitoku.)

Orzo is a pasta so it must be Torpedo. And yes it's in my cupboard.

In my family, we call them "watermelon seeds" !

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