Barley is an excellent source of soluble
fiber, and so can be effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Barley is found in two forms: hulled and pearled.
Hulled barley, the form of the
grain in which the bran is left intact, is exceptionally nutritious.
Because only the outer, inedible hull, and not the bran, is removed,
hulled barley is rich in dietary fiber, iron, trace minerals and thiamin.
Hulled barley is brown, and takes longer to cook than pearled barley.
To produce Pearled barley
the barley grains are scoured six times during milling to completely
remove their double outer hull and their bran layer. Unfortunately, as
with white rice, this process also removes nutrients. The grain has
less iron, manganese, phosphorus, and thiamin.
This milling does shorten the grain's
cooking time considerably. And pearled barley is still a highly
nutritious and tasty food.
SCOTCH BROTH :
1 c barley
1 qt. Water
1 lb lamb bone with meat
1 Bay leaf
1/4 c. chopped carrots
1/4 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped onion
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Soak barley in water overnight.
In the morning, add the lamb bone and water enough to cover all.
crock pot and simmer all day or until meat and barley are tender . Remove
bone and bay leaf.
Add vegetables. Season to
Continue cooking til vegetables are tender.
Serve hot with fresh