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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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3 Stir in the pearl barley and leek, and cook on high for 1 hour more, until the pearl barley is tender.
1 small acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), halved and seeded 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 1/4 cup pearl barley 1/2 fennel bulb (about 6 ounces), trimmed of stalks, cored, and chopped fine 1 shallot, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1 pinch dried thyme 1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup) 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Balsamic vinegar, for serving Directions Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 400 degrees.
A No, the rice is substituted with pearl barley then cooked in the same way as normal risotto, by adding stock a little at a time to absorb.
Pearl barley is found in most supermarkets next to dry beans, lentils and rice.
The company is rebranding its range as Complete Meals and has added premium rice, such as Nanjing black, pearl barley or potatoes to the recipes, which include a mushroom stroganoff, mutton stew and smoked haddock potage.
The label will apply to whole grain barley, bran, flakes, grits, flour, barley meal, sieved barley meal and pearl barley.
Pearl barley: Though most often found in soups, pearl barley can also be cooked and served like rice, simmered 30-45 minutes in water or stock (two parts liquid to one part barley).
Put the pearl barley in a pan of water and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, drain and set aside.
Barley is available in several forms including pearl barley, whole grain kernels, rolled flakes, grits and flour.
Tenders are invited for Lot number 1 - semolina Lot number 2 - oat groats Lot number 3 - Pearl barley Lot number 4 - wheat cereals Lot number 5 - buckwheat Lot number 6 - millet Lot number 7 - barley groats