Is there an easy way to cook and eat Barley?

Posted by Tomohiro Matano on May 2, 2016 3:39:29 PM

Although Barley is not as popular as Quinoa and Brown Rice as healthy food ingredients, it definitely provides great health benefits.  It has not been widely used in many food preparations; because of long-cooking time. Conventional Pearled Barley requires 45 – 60 minutes until it is fully cooked.  


One of the Barley’s health benefits is greater Dietary Fiber content.

  Insoluble Dietary Fiber Soluble Dietary Fiber
Brown Rice 2.3 0.7
Oat Meal 6.2 3.2
Quinoa 6.25 1.01
Conventional Barley 2.7 6
Mochi Mugi 4.1 8.9

Barley contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber in a balanced combination.  Typically, soluble fiber works  to lower cholesterol and regulate blood glucose levels, while insoluble fiber helps improve bowel movement.  

Obviously, they are very critical functions for our health management and Barley makes it easy to have benefits of both soluble and insoluble fiber in one.  

Solution - Mochi Mugi!  It is #1 selling Barley brand in Japan. Mochi Mugi Barley’s great benefit is shorter cooking time.  You can cook Mochi Mugi as if you were cooking pasta and it requires only 15 – 20 minutes. It addressed inconvenience of longer cooking time for conventional Pearled Barley. Despite shorter cooking time, Mochi Mugi is not rolled or cut. It's just pearled and has a great texture that remains even after cooking. It's quick, easy cooking process allows for many great additions to dishes such as salad, risotto and soup.

Because Mochi Mugi Barley is processed to pair perfectly with the white rice flavor, it makes a great dish when mixed together because it produces the perfect flavor, texture and appearane. This mixture provides more soluble fiber than brown rice. This dish mixture is called “Mugi Gohan” in Japanese and has been a healthy Japanese diet tradition over centuries.  

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