Barley recipes. Barley nutrition. Barley research. Barley and commercial foods production.  It's all here!  This site is brought to you by the National Barley Foods Council (NBFC).  We're a non-profit organization established to serve as an educational clearinghouse for barley food, health and manufacturing issues. And we developed this site to serve as your one-stop information destination.  So take a look around.  You'll see there's lots to learn about this amazing grain!

August is here and we’re heading into the last bit of summer fun before school begins and fall schedules rev up.  Thankfully, the days are still pretty long and there’s plenty of time to enjoy casual suppers outside.  So sweep off the deck, set the patio table and savor these last summer evenings over a good meal.  And to help you get started, here’s a yummy barley side dish that’s a perfect go-along for grilled burgers, chicken or steak. 

Barley basics: finding, storing & cooking

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Get your kids on the barley bandwagon

Going vegetarian?  Check out these handy tips






Is there a connection between eating barley and maintaining a healthy heart?  Does barley help fight type 2 diabetes and obesity?  The answer is a resounding yes!  For more information, check out our Health & Nutrition section.

We’re working hard to keep tabs on important barley research as it relates to human foods. Be sure to check out the barley Science & Research section of this site for a curated list of relevant studies about our favorite grain.


Including barley as a key ingredient in commercial food production continues to gain ground.  Visit our barley Commercial Food Trade section to learn how the grain is contributing to the healthy and functional world of food manufacturing.