|A field of barley. The heads are more droopy than wheat,|
and the "beards," the long spiky portions of the head, are very pronounced .
|Two-row and six-row barley|
|A barley whiskey|
While barley as a food grain is not quite as versatile as wheat, it is highly nutritious, with 1 cup of cooked barley delivering over 50% of a person's daily fiber needs, and over 10% of the daily protein needs. We all should probably eat more of it. As a food product, it's almost as versatile as wheat, and is typically eaten cooked in its whole-grain form. It is wonderful in soups and stews, and is excellent as a side dish or in salads. Barley can also be ground into a meal and made into porridge or baked into cakes and breads. Barley has an excellent, nutty flavor, and a good, chewy consistency. It's a hearty comfort food, and an excellent replacement for rice and pasta. It does take a while to cook, but the result is worth it!
|A barley and pea risotto. YUM!|
So, there you go. Now you know a little more about barley. Now, go get some and make the curried barley salad that we posted! Yum!
|More barley - note the long, spiky beards|
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