BARLEY: ANCIENT FOOD FOR FUTURE NUTRITION
At least twenty-one hadiths recommend sattoo (powdered barley).

Talbina is a meal made from satoo, formed by adding milk and honey to the dried barley powder.

The Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) recommended talbina for the sick and grieving (Khan p.1).

He is quoted as saying, "At-talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief" (Bukhari 7:71#593).


Saudi Arabia is the world's largest feed barley importer (Lee p.3).

1)As a food, barley's long list of benefits include:
18 amino acids of which eight are the essential amino acids that the human body can not produce,

2)sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium antioxidants, glucan, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid and pantothenic acid.

3)It also contains amylase, dextrin, phospholipids, maltose, glucose, sulfur, niacin and protein (herbsrainbear.com p.1).

4)It improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you."

5) barley has been a remedy for indigestion, diarrhea, and inflammatory conditions of the stomach and bowels. The soothing effect on the digestive tract originates from the grain itself when the husk is removed .

6)As a slow digesting food, it is recommended during the fasts of Ramadan when one's diet should differ from one's normal diet in simplicity.


RECIPE : Barley Soup - Yemen.
1 cup dried barley, ½ cup dried lentils, 6 cups of water, 3 small diced onions, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp. tumeric, ½ tsp. ground black pepper, 1 cup of cooked chickpeas.

Fry onions in hot olive oil until golden. Combine in a saucepan with all the other ingredients except for the chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 - 1½ hours stirring occasionally. Add chickpeas near the end of cooking time. Bon appetite!

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