Pearl barley

 Pearl barley Key facts Pearl barley is the most common form of barley for human consumption, probably because it cooks faster and is less chewy than other, less-processed forms of barley. It is actually barley that has been processed to remove the hull and bran, then polished to remove the nutritious bran layer too.

A great deal of our barley, of course, finds its way into beer.

But the grain is also sold – most often as pearl barley, which is the refined variety, or as pot barley, which is the whole grain with only the inedible husk removed, and is found in health food shops.

Both these are good additions to stews or soups.

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