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Quick Guide To Whole Grains and Seeds


Barley Soup

Barley Soup

Barley: Barley is a hearty grain that compliments winter meals. Add to soups, and stews, or combine with sautéed onions and celery. Contains gluten.

Corn: Use cornmeal flour to bake delicious muffins, and breads. Corn flour is also used in making pasta.  Contains a type of gluten different from that found in wheat.

Kamut: A firm-textured ancient wheat with a nutty, sweet and buttery flavor. Contains gluten.

Farro: An ancient Italian grain that may have sustained the Roman Legions.

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Farro is used in soups, salads, and desserts.  Looks and tastes somewhat like brown rice, with a nutty taste.  Farro is also known as Emmer.  Contains gluten.

Millet: A tiny grain, that looks like a seed.  Use it like rice as a side dish, or in a casserole. Gluten-free.

Oats: A sweet-flavored grain commonly used in preparing warm cereal, and cookies.  Oats contain avenin, a protein that may trigger a reaction in celiacs.

Rice: Varieties include Brown, White, Short and Long Grain. Sticky White Rice is used in preparing sushi rolls.  White and Brown Basmati is another variety with a rich nutty flavor. Gluten-free.

Whole Wheat Linguine

Whole Wheat Linguine

Rye: Rye is a member of the wheat family, and is used in bread making, and Scandinavian crispbreads, and crackers.  Contains gluten.

Spelt: An ancient variety of wheat. Spelt produces baked goods lighter in texture and easier to digest than standard wheat. Contains gluten.

Triticale: This grain is a hybrid of rye and wheat. Triticale flour is used to bake muffins, breads, cakes, and crispbreads. Contains gluten.

Wheat: The most widely known grain used in baking breads, cookies, cakes, noodles, pasta, and pies. Contains gluten.


The seeds on this list are used the same way as grains.  Common uses are breakfast cereals, side dishes, and casseroles.  Seeds are available as flour for baking.  If you’re wheat intolerant,  try using seeds.  They’re lighter than wheat, and have their own unique taste.

Amaranth: A very tiny seed used in making breakfast cereal, added to soups and stews.  Gluten-free.

Buckwheat: Buy Toasted Buckwheat, or Raw.  Use in soups, or as a side dish.    Whole Buckwheat flour makes great pancakes.  If you don’t mind the dark brown color, buckwheat can be used to make cookies, and sweet breads. Gluten-free.

Quinoa: A small seed, that comes in white, black or red. Add fruit and nuts to Quinoa to make a tasty breakfast porridge  Trader Joe’s sells their own brand of penne and fusilli pasta made from Quinoa and Rice.   Gluten-free.

Teff: Teff is an ancient seed, cultivated for thousands of years in Abyssinia.  Teff seeds are about the same size as a poppy-seed.  Teff comes in white, red and dark brown.  Teff flour is used to bake breads, and pie crust.   The seeds can be steamed, boiled, and baked.  Gluten-free.


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How to Buy Barley Grains

Pearled Barley Grains

Confused about buying barley in bulk?  Do you know the difference between hulled and unhulled? This post will answer your questions about the different types of barley, how to use them, and plenty of recipes for barley-lovers.


Whole Unhulled Barley: The tough inedible outer hull is intact.

Uses: Sprouting, Beer making.  Not for cooking.

Whole Hulled Barley: The tough inedible outer hull has been removed.  Whole Hulled Barley undergoes minimum processing so that the bran isn’t lost.

Uses: Cooking.  Cooking time is longer than Pearled Barley.  More nutritions than the pearled variety.  Soak the grains before cooking to cut down on cooking time. See Rita Romano’s book Dining In The Raw for soaking times.

Pearled Barley: Not considered a whole grain.  After the hull is removed, the barley is polished to remove some or all of the bran.  The more pearling, the whiter the color. Barley purchased in the supermarket is usually the pearled variety.

Uses: Cooking.  Cooks faster then Whole Hulled Barley. Not as nutritious as Whole Hulled Barley.

BARLEY INFORMATION is a website chock full of information about barley, and all types of grains.  Read more about barley here.  Photographs of barley here.


Barley is a great winter grain.  Add it to soups and stews. See lots more recipes at Barley

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