BARLEY, Hordeum vulgare
There are three main grains used throughout the world. The Western World uses wheat, the Far East or Orient uses rice and the Arab nations use millet.
In this country when anyone talks of making bread, we most always think of bread made from wheat or sometimes rye. This has been true for about the last thousand years. However, before that time many people in Europe and the Middle East used barley to make bread. Even Jesus, when He fed the five thousand, used barley loaves. This was usually unleavened bread or coarse bread that was not raised with yeast. Mostly it was a flat loaf that could be baked in the sun. When you see pictures of people around the Holy Land eating, you will see someone tear a piece of bread off a flat loaf and pass it around. These loaves look like big pancakes.
The history of barley goes back about 6,000 years. It looks like wheat, only it has longer whiskers that hang close to the head.
When the barley is threshed, it doesn’t come out of the head clean like wheat. It has part of the hull on it. This is whole day barley. It is called Scotch barley, pot barley and hulled barley. This can be bought in health food stores and specialty food stores. This brown barley is nuttier and chewier than pearled barley. It should be soaked awhile before cooking. A pearled barley can be found in supermarkets. It is polished white after the hull and bran are removed and can be purchased in fine, medium and coarse grinds. Most folks use it in soups and casseroles.
Malted barley is one of the main ingredients in beer and malt whiskey. Malted barley is made by sprouting and then pulverizing the grain into a powder before processing it into alcohol.
This brings up a very interesting story I heard about the common cold. We all know that the government and drug companies spend millions of dollars trying to cure the common cold. Well, strangely enough, it says in the scriptures that barley is a grain that should be used for mild drinks. One night a friend of mine named Jack was visiting a man named Wendell and his family. As they were visiting, the topic got around to colds and the flu. Jack complained that no matter what you do to prevent it, everyone seems to catch a cold or get the flu. Wendell told Jack if you use barley like the scriptures say for mild drinks you won’t get a cold. Right away Jack said, “What do you mean, if you use barley for mild drinks you won’t get a cold?” Wendell told Jack that he worked in a brewery. He told of the big vats where they sprout the barley. They call these big vats wertz vats. He said, “if anyone feels like they have a cold coming on they get their mug and go over to the wertz vat and get a big mug or two of wertz.” Wendell said “That is the end of the cold. There seems to be something in that barley sprouting water that fights a cold and balances the system.” This is verified in some of the reports I have studied. You can get almost the same results by sprouting wheat as barley.
The latest worry about health these days is cholesterol. The report said that the vegetarian diet was the healthiest. It also said when we eat the wrong foods the liver manufactures the bad cholesterol L.D.L. This kind of cholesterol will hang up in the arteries and veins, causing high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. However, when we eat bran, especially from barley and oats, our liver manufactures the good H.D.L. cholesterol. It helps repair and unclog damages coronary arteries. It lowers blood pressure and lessens the risk of heart attacks and strokes. We could say many more things about barley, including barley green. This is the dried and powdered sprout and leafs of the barley plant. This powdered plant is very healthful. It is used in health spas and can be bought in health food stores around the world.