Our Pearl Barley has had the bran partially removed, resulting in a quicker cooking time. It is a hearty grain that is great in risottos and soups, including classic comfort food dishes such as vegetable barley soup and beef and barley soup.
However, hulled barley grain retains significant amounts of fiber, because barley contains dietary fiber (both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber) throughout the entire kernel, and not just in the outer bran layer. Barley also contains B-complex vitamins, protein, calcium and iron. One 1/4-cup serving provides 32% of your daily value of fiber. Plus the chewy, al dente texture and delicious flavor are downright addictive.
Pearled barley is very versatile and lends itself to a variety of dishes. Add pearl barley grain to soups, stir fries and stews in place of rice for a tasty change. It can also be cooked up as a hot cereal, stirred into salads, or used in stuffing. The mild nutty flavor and tender chewy texture is also wonderful in pilaf or risotto. Pearl barley risotto is a big favorite here at the mill: the firm bite of the grain lends itself perfectly to this classic Italian dish.
Another traditional use for barley is barley water, a popular drink in Greece, Britain and Asia. It’s sometimes sweetened and flavored with lemon.