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Barley

Ethiopian Barley a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain. It has white, black and violet veins. Barley needs a subtropical or tropical climate with more than 500 millimeters of annual rain. It currently cultivated in different regions of Ethiopia and mainly around Holetat and other regions which have similar weather condition. As it is a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods, it is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

Ethiopian Barley has 44 grams of carbohydrate in a single serving, including 6 grams of fiber. One cup of barley contains 4 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat. Barley has no saturated fat or cholesterol and only 5 milligrams of sodium. Other vitamins in barley include choline, pantothenic acid, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamins A, K, B-6 and B-12. Barley also contains the minerals calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, potassium, zinc, copper and iron.

The fiber in barley helps promote digestion and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Barley might also lower cholesterol levels and protect against cardiovascular disease. Like all whole grain products, barley can help keep blood pressure low and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes when consumed regularly. Barley is more effective at regulating insulin and glucose responses than whole oats. When consumed as part of a diet containing other whole grains, barley can contribute to a reduced risk of obesity, atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke and overall mortality.

The fiber-rich cereal grain barley can be a healthful addition to balanced meals. Cooked barley has a chewy consistency and a nutty taste. Barley can be served as a side dish, cooked in other dishes or made into a breakfast cereal. Barley is often hulled or pearled, which means it has been polished to remove part of the hull. Barley can also be flattened into flakes or toasted and cracked into grits. Barley can also be used as main raw material in beer production.

We keep our stock at moisture content around 10 to 12% to prevent insect and or disease outbreaks in storage. Usually our storage system carefully fumigated before storing the stock and all storage areas we have monitored regularly to identify potential problems early. We often pack at the time of sales in 50kg package system but it might vary depend on the demand of the buyers.