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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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Find a fascinating fact about oats, barley, or wheat--or even an intriguing recipe--in these informative books, websites, and other sources selected by reference librarian Rebecca Mazur at ARS's National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland:
Marta Izydorczyk, Barley Research, Grain Research Laboratory, Canadian Grain Commission, 600-303 Main St.
Over the past two years she has been developing new recipes, in part to keep former study participants on the barley bandwagon.
A premium barley line would be a boon to the beer industry and barley growers, who earn up to a dollar more per bushel for top-of-the-line barley varieties suited for ethanol and beer production.
Once barleys containing all-natural, heat-friendly enzymes can be found in the vast ARS collection, they can then be crossed with other proven cultivars to develop what might be considered the ultimate malting barley.
Scientists selected the barley from among thousands of candidate plants in 1994.
The Aberdeen scientists are currently evaluating several promising new winter malting barleys.
TDF and the fiber component, beta-glucan (BG), are believed to be the major ingredients in barley foods that offer health benefits.
While hops contribute a quenching, bitter bite, it's the malted barley that gives beer a mellow smoothness.
In that analysis of more than 2,000 North American malting barleys, researchers found that high levels of a desirable beta-amylase-associated attribute in the barleys had correlated to low levels of the serine-class proteases.
While barley is cooking, brown chicken on both sides in large skillet in remaining 2 teaspoons of oil.
Skadsen, who is in the Cereal Crops Research Unit, first sought to identify the barley tissues that Fusarium most readily attacks.