Pearl barley, a blast from the past
A quick and simple guide to cooking and eating pearl barley.
Refined into barley malt for use in beer, fed to livestock or hidden in thick soups and stews; poor pearl has been on the bench for many years now. Let’s give her some new dresses and ask her to dance!! She is just as good as quinoa.
I actually do not like the texture of pearled barley in soups, I find it’s kind of slimy and chewy. When I read that whole grains are a must for the postmenopausal woman I went on a whole grain mission. Pearled barley was on my list, but I left it to last, sad face, because of my stew bias. It is a great source of fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals. Reading on Health benefits. I sighed and looked up some recipes I have in old books, they were seriously uninspiring. I was a little lost until I stopped thinking about pearled barley as pearled barley!!!!! I thought of it as rice or quinoa. Everything changed.