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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.
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(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.
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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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A study of cultivated barleys from Nepal Himalaya and North India with special reference to their phylogenetic differentiation.
The similar daily GE intake among the cereal grains and the greater daily fecal GE loss in pigs fed the HF barley than in pig fed corn, DHF, and DLF barleys indicates lower digestibility of GE, metabolized GE as well as lower DE and ME in hulled barley varieties than in corn and dehulled barley.
A useful anthology of articles about everything from stopping unwanted sprouting of barley kernels before harvest to using wild barleys as a source of genes for superior plants of tomorrow.
Among them are 3396 six-row hulless, 27 two-row hulless, 69 six-row covered, and 10 two-row covered barleys. The vast majority of them have spring growth-habit, median maturity, relatively high stature, rough awns, and dark-colored (black, purple, gray, green, and carneous) kernels.
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.--By Erin Peabody, ARS.
Winter barleys, planted in Idaho in October and harvested in mid-July, offer several key advantages over spring barleys, which are planted in May and harvested in August.