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Barley

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Buying Tips

Find prepackaged barley in most natural foods and grocery stores; buy in bulk for maximum savings. Look for whole barley, not pearled barley, for higher nutrition value.

Varieties

Whole barley, also called Scotch barley, has intact bran, which is the most nutritious part of the grain. Pearled barley has been steamed and polished, a process that removes bran and fiber; it looks like a small, white pearl. Hull-less barley is an heirloom grain with a denser, chewier texture than hulled or pearled barley. It is also available in grits, flake, or flour form.

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