Barley Facts

Why Barley ?

Barley is a good source of dietary fiber Vitamin A, Folate and even protein. Barley's fiber can prevent or help with a number of different conditions.  You can prepare Barley dosa, idli or soup to introduce to your regular diet.

For example, when barley's fiber binds to and removes cholesterol-containing bile, this can be very beneficial for people struggling with heart disease since it forces the body to make more bile by breaking down cholesterol, thus lowering cholesterol levels.

Barley and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion

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Arrowhead Mills Pearled Barley, 28-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)How to select and store Barley?

Purchase only hulled or pearled barley - "Whole barley must be prepared for human consumption because of it’s hard, fibrous hull that is not easily removed. Only buy barley in its whole form if you want to sprout it and eat it as barley grass.

Both pearled barley and hulled barley are primarily used in soups and stews where they fluff up to almost the size of a pea   Search for pearled barley
Pearled barley may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. Most packaged or boxed pearled barley will have a "best if used by" date on the package as well. Milled barley should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator

How to cook barley?
Before cooking barley, rinse it thoroughly under running water and then remove any dirt or debris that you may find. After rinsing, add one part barley to three and a half parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer. Pearled barley should be simmered for about one hour, while hulled barley should be cooked for about 90 minutes.

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