Barley is a great addition to soups and stews. It absorbs the flavor of the broth but retains a tender texture. It's an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium and is touted for lowering cholesterol. If you can find this grain at your local health food store, opt for hulled barley over pearl, because its nutritional content is higher.
Recipe: Barley Risotto With Fennel.
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