EN on Foods

January 2004 Issue

Barley: Ancient Grain, New-Found Nutrition

The Folklore: Barley was cultivated early on, serving as the average person’s staple during biblical times, eaten as porridge and in barley cakes. According to tradition, barley was a food favored by Greek gladiators, known as “barley eaters.” The Facts: This tiny, oval grain has a mild nutty flavor and provides plenty of nutrition, making those gladiators pretty prescient.

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