Origin: Cultivated for more than 10,000 in Southeast Asia and Ethiopia
What Is It: Member of the Grass Family
Also Known As: Pearly Barley, Pot Barley, Scotch Barley, Hato Mugi (specialized processing)
Staple Now: Russia, Canada, Ukraine and Turkey, Saudi Arabia, US
Major Producers: Russia, France, Germany. In the US, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland, South Dakota, Oregon and Utah.
Flavor Profile: Nutty, slightly bland. Absorbs other flavors well.
Nutrtion Highlights: Fiber, Niacin, Selenium, Iron and Copper. Contains gluten.
Common Dishes: Excellent in soups and stews. A key ingredient in beer.
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