Organic Hulled Barley
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Our organic hulled barley is a rich source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that scientists have linked to various health benefits.
It is important to note that barley will usually expand to three and a half times its volume when cooked.
What is the difference between hulled, pot, pearled and naked barley?
- Hulled barley undergoes minimal mechanical processing to remove only the inedible outer shell, leaving the bran and germ intact.
- Naked barley is simply a barley variety that the husks naturally fall off. They do not need to be mechanically removed. It is a whole grain like hulled barley with the bran and germ. Since it's hull is not present when stored in grain silos it tends to be less shelf stable. This is the ideal type of barley to sow or to sprout.
- Pot barley starts off as hulled barley and is put inside a polishing machine. The machine strips off some of the outer bran but not all. It is in between hulled and pearled barley.
- Pearled barley goes through the same process as pot parley but is left inside the machine longer until all the bran is stripped away. It is more soft and neutral tasting but this process strips some of the nutrients.
Locally grown in Canada, buying our organic hulled barley encourages local farmers and reduces pollution from long-distance transportation.
- Nothing beats vacuum sealing for freshness.
- Store below 15°C and < 65% humidity.
- Store in the dark as light degrades flavors.
- Mason jars make great storage containers.
- Can be frozen to prolong shelf life.
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