Saturday, July 26, 2014

Special Purchase! Heirloom Purple Hulless Barley!

We are very excited to announce the availability of Purple Barley, available immediately in bags of 1, 2, or 5 lbs.

Purple barley is an heirloom (really old!) barley with no hull, so it can go directly from farm to table. It has a pleasant nutty flavor and is very high in protein while low in gluten. The flavor is similar to old fashioned oats, but perhaps more pronounced.

This barley can be soaked as is for a breakfast cereal  to replace oatmeal, or it can be added to soups and stews instead of rice. It could also be used as a side dish to replace rice for a low glycemic low gluten substitute.

This barley was a grain used in ancient Tibet. It was collected in 1924 by an American visiting Tibet, this heirloom variety of hulless colored barley was brought back to the United States and tucked away for many years in the USDA Seed Repository in Idaho as PI 60205. Pat Hayes of Oregon State University heard about this grain from his colleagues Victoria and Tom Blake at Montana State University, who had named it “Karma.” Tom Hunton saw Pat’s test plots, liked what he saw, and increased seed stock of Karma at his farm in Junction City.

We acquired a few thousand pounds of this amazing grain from a certified organic farm near Klamath Falls, oregon and are offering it for immediate sale.

You can also sprout this barley for human or animal feed!

Check our online store to order a bag of this amazing ancient grain!

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