ORGANIC BARLEY, pearled
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Botanical Name: Hordeum vulgare L.
Origin: Canada / USA
Production: pearled (or dehulled) barley has the outermost husk and bran layers removed to reduce cooking time without significantly compromising nutrient content.
Barley is a member of the grass family and, in its wild form, originates from the grasslands and woodlands throughout the Fertile Crescent area of Western Asia and northeast Africa
Qualities: by some considered a real "super food", barley is a high protein and low glycemic grain, rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as many Vitamins and many minerals such as Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Selenium, Phosphorus, Copper, and Manganese. Soluble, beta glucan-rich, prebiotic fiber helps the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates and has been found to lower bad (LDL) blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber commonly called roughage promotes a healthy digestive tract and may reduce the risk of cancers affecting it.
Common use: the chewy texture and nutty taste of pearled barley make it an excellent choice in breakfast cereals, soups, stews, or as a rice substitute in risotto.To cook, bring 1 cup (soaked or unsoaked) barley and 2 1/2 cups water or broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook, covered, until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Makes 3-3 1/2 cups.
Storage: keeps well in a sealed container in a cool, dry, and dark location
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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excellent ! -- I do a lot of cooking in my solar oven on sunny days and the pearled barley does beautifully when I put it out to slow-cook all day -- with 2-3 cups of water or vegetable broth to 1 cup of barley plus herbs from my garden [bay leaves and rosemary are particularly nice] the barley comes out fluffy, tender, and delicious