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A grain of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, a food and the source of malt, which is required for producing beer, ale and whiskey. Like wheat, rye and oats, barley contains gluten.


(Hordeum) A foodstuff commonly found in breakfast cereal and soup; reports allege benefit in lowering cholesterol levels, against diabetes, and in the prevention of cancer.
Synonym(s): foxtail grass, pearl barley.


a genus of cereals and grasses. See hordeum.

barley beef
a British system of introducing calves into pens at 3 months of age, feeding them intensively on high grain diets and marketing them before 12 months of age.
barley beef rumenitis
lesions of rumenitis found at necropsy in calves fed heavy barley diets.
barley grass
barley scab fungus

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Q. Is anyone restricted to have barley? what is the benefit of having barley and what is the best way to consume them? Is anyone restricted to have barley?

A. It grows in many parts of the world. As it is a whole grain it is good for health. It has soluble fiber and reduces blood cholesterol and glucose. It is low in fat content. No fixed way is there to eat barley as it’s used as soup thickener; it’s used in baked foods. Many breakfast foods include barley as baked breads. It is found to harm none.

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Keeping high blood levels of enterolactones by upping your intake of barley and other whole grains could thus help thwart cancers, particularly hormone-dependent cancers.
She said Barley had shown no remorse - indeed only regret that Mr Wilkinson survived his injuries.
Opening the facts of the killings, prosecutor Karim Khalil QC said Barley killed Mrs Wilkinson in her bed and her son in his room - and then attacked her husband as he returned home.
The priest of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square sowed the seeds for the barley shoots, which will be plucked out on the 10th day and offered to the youngsters by their elders.
Imported hulled barley from Australia, France and Canada were obtained from the Nantong Port in the Jiangsu Province of China.
Hulless barley is considered a good source of food and feed.
According to Rashi, by Nisan 16, when the omer offering of barley is made, barley has to be ripe and ready to harvest.
The plant will be completed in 2017 and it will supply more than 2,000 tons of barley malt each year, which makes it a significant supplier of barley malt to the craft brewing industry in the U.
According to UkrAgroConsult data, Tunisia regained its position of a top importer of Ukrainian barley.
The officers told Barley that he could not remain in his tent, but brought him to a local motel and paid for him to stay for two nights, an act that meant a lot to Barley.
Goals UAE, a voluntary organisation set up by American Khawla Barley, engages autistic children in extracurricular activities such as arts, sports and yoga.
Barley grass, which is rich in dietary fibre, provides fuel to the friendly bacteria in the large intestine, which help in fermenting the fibre content of barley.