Once lost to history, this heirloom grain has been rediscovered and revived at ATG. A nutrient-rich hulless variety, naturally high in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, purple barley provides more zinc than lentils, more fibre than wheat, and more B vitamins than white barley. Because the grain's tough, inedible outer hull is only loosely connected to the kernel, it naturally falls during harvesting (meaning additional processing to remove the hull is not required). As a result most of the bran and endosperm is left intact and the germ is present, making hulless barley one of the most nutritious grains on earth!
Some may think that introducing colourful strains of familiar grain is a marketing ploy. Unlike handbags or plastic toys, the more diversity there is in the soil and on the plate the better. In this case, the older the better!
ATG purple barley has a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy texture. As it retains its colour, ATG purple barley is an excellent addition to any grain bowl, salads or rice substitute.