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Food barley: An evolving story

Date: 27/12/2022

and the hull must be removed to render the grain edible. Food barley is a naked barley, so threshes free from the husk to produce a wholegrain that is full of nutritional benefits and destined for the human food chain.

At GB Seeds, we are continuing to develop our agronomic guidance for growing food barley in the UK, but it is grown much like feed barley, with no minimum nitrogen requirements. We have one main variety that we sell into the marketplace that has full end user acceptance. Following on from this we have a select number of lines that are still under evaluation by end-users for their suitability and opportunities in the marketplace. Our current variety, BARLEYmax   , is a short-strawed 6-row spring barley. It needs monitoring for mildew and straw but is otherwise a manageable variety and early to mature. Current value is high, and the crop is offered on a buy-back contract in eastern regions.

Read more about BarleyMax    in the British Baker here.

Food barley is still a relatively new crop to the UK market, but provides an unrealised opportunity for improving public health. The development of a health food market for food barley could also benefit UK barley growers. All current UK barley varieties have covered grain 
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