Did you know that pearled barley is actually regular barley with all the hull and bran removed? On the aesthetic side, this gives pearled barley shiny round grains with pearly white color. When it comes to functionality, this makes this type of barley easier and faster to cook. Also, it is less chewy than regular barley, and it is similar to wheat in its vitamin and mineral, protein and caloric content.
This grain is usually used to prepare potages, soups, and stews, and it is also one of the main ingredients of the famous Italian dish orzotto. There are four essential ways of preparing this barley: basic cooking, baking, cooking soup and tossing salad. In this article, you will learn about all of them. [Read more…]