Pearl barley is whole barley that has had the outer bran removed. By removing the outer bran, pearl barley cooks slightly quicker than pot barley as it does not require pre-soaking. This makes it ideal for adding to soups and stews. Pearl barley is high in fibre, though not as high as pot barley. However, some people may find the extra fibre in pot barley difficult to digest efficiently, making this pearl barley a more preferable choice.
The 25kg bag of Pearl Barley is a great product to buy in the autumn for the serious cook, those that are lucky enough to live in the North of Scotland and of course the wholefood cafe, it just sets you up for winter soups and warming stews.
Hulled barley and hulless barley would both be considered whole grain barley, and both make good choices from a nutritional standpoint. Pearl barley takes the processing procedure one step further. With pearl barley, not only has the hull been removed, but the remaining grain has also been polished or "pearled" to some degree.
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