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Princess Royal investigates functional food barley

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HRH Princess Anne met with WISE Network’s research scientists to find out about naked barley, it’s products, the companies working with it, and it’s health benefits when she visited Bangor University’s Henfaes Research Centre.

Blawd Felin Ganol flourUnlike standard barleys which have to be “pearled” (de-hulled) to make them palatable, the inedible hull on naked barley comes off as chaff as during harvesting, leaving the whole grain intact.  This means it can be processed like wheat and no nutritional value is lost.

The University’s Dr Katherine Steele has developed varieties of naked barley that thrive in Wales.  Dr Steele said:

The Princess was interested in the health properties of naked barley, including it’s low glycemic index which makes it an ideal whole grain in products such as breads and cereals that many people eat every day, and over the long term this change in diet could reduce the likelihood of many people developing type 2 diabetes”.

Bara Popty Cae Groes BreadWISE Network partnered two companies to trial naked barley in their products.  Princess Anne was very pleased to accept a 1 kg bag of naked barley flour to try which was milled in Llanrhystud at Felin Ganol water-powered mill, and some naked barley shortbread baked in Rachub near Bethesda by Pobty Cae Groes bakery.

WISE Network has enabled both companies to include naked barley in their products.  The mill produces a range of flours which are sold at the mill and through a number of local outlets, and the bakery uses the flour in a range of products which are highly sought after by their customers and supplied across the region to many supermarkets and local stores.