Barley tea May 8, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 7:58 pm


Barley is a member of the grass family. It is a self-pollinating annual plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 4 feet, and is able to withstand various growing conditions. Barley has often been grown as a food crop and is a staple grain in many countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


Barley tea is a tea brewed from slightly simmering roasted barley grains over a low flame.


This tea is especially popular in Japan, Korea, and China, although it is consumed in other Asian nations and regions with a large Asian community as well. This tea has a very nutty, warming flavor which some people find is  a very popular hot weather beverage that’s noted for cooling down the body and cleansing the system.


In Japan, barley tea is known as mugicha, and it is traditionally served in the summer as a cooling drink. The Japanese also believe that barley tea helps to extract impurities from the blood, and to thin the blood in hot summer weather.


In Korea, the tea is known as boricha, and it is drunk hot in winter and cool in summer.


In China, the tea is called 大麦茶 (Da Mai Cha). Chinese people sometimes pair barley tea with heavy meals to aid digestion, and use it to treat nausea. Its properties in Traditional Chinese Medicine include cool, salty and spicy. Brown rice is good for cold, yin-type individuals whereas barley rice is good for warm, yang-types.


If you want a caffeine-free coffee substitute this is for you.




Barley tea is a great way to cool off and relax on a hot summer day. It is a natural antacid.


It is good for temporary relief of common cold symptoms. It is made from roasted barley, a grain that is good for cleansing the body, increasing the fluidity of blood and lowering cholesterol levels. It is also better for teeth, since it won’t cause cavities, and better for weight control, since it has no calories. It provides the same soothing and comforting feeling on cold winter days as a lot of other types of tea.


Barley Tea Benefits have been noted largely for their nutritional aspects. But recent research has focused on the potentials of barley tea for preventing certain diseases and ailments.


Tokyo (JCNN) – Japanese food conglomerate Kagome (TSE: 2811) has announced that its research division has confirmed a unique property of barely tea.


According to their latest research, continuous intake of barely tea helps improve the fluidity of blood. Moreover, as the density of alkylpyrazine, a key substance in the tea flavor, increases, the fluidity improves further.


Detailed research results were presented at the 14th Meeting of Society of Soft Drink Technologies, Japan, held on October 27. Currently, Kagome is marketing barely tea beverage under the trade name of Rokujyo Mugicha. 


The grass of barley is known to be a very rich source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The glutamic acid in barley is the source of much of its antioxidants.

A tablespoon of dried barley is thought to contain the body’s daily requirement of beta-carotene, betaine, biotin, boron,copper, iron, lutein, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine.

Barley also contains considerable amounts of alpha-linoleic acid, oryzanol, potassium, selenium, zinc, and tocopherol.


Barley grass has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been prescribed to fight diseases of the spleen or poor digestion. It has also been utilized to treat conditions such as depression or emotional imbalance.


The following are the well known benefits attributed to barley tea:


Rich in fibers, vitamins B1, B2 and Iron. Supplement daily nutrition levels.

Improve blood sugar levels.

Promote blood circulation

Reducing bad cholesterol levels.

Facilitate proper digestion.

calm the stomach

Cleansing the body of toxins.

Relieving early symptoms of colds.

treat thirst and fever


For the elderly and children, barley germ is a more effective option for relieving indigestion.






Traditionally, barley tea is made by tossing a handful of barley grains into a kettle of water, bringing the kettle to a boil, and then allowing the tea to steep briefly before pouring. In some households, the kettle may simply be left out on the stove, with members of the household serving themselves as desired. Over the course of a day, the flavor of the tea will deepen, becoming increasingly nutty and intense.


Individual teapots and cups of barley tea can also be brewed. The amount of barley can be adjusted, depending on the flavor desired.

Some Korean cooks like their barley tea so intense that it tastes almost like coffee, while Japanese often enjoy more mildly flavored barley tea in the summer months.

Barley tea can also be brewed in cold water, or as sun tea (by using exposure to the sun ), which can be useful in the summer, when cooks do not want to heat up the kitchen by boiling water.


To make Barley Tea:


1. Put 20-30g of roasted barley into a tea pot or kettle with cold water.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Strain through cheesecloth (or strainer) , forcing out all the juice.


You could add honey as the sweetener after the barley tea soup cool down a bit.





Barley tea has a mild, slightly nutty flavor  just like coffee. But it has no caffeine.


It has a toasty taste, with slight bitter undertones, but much less so than tea made from tea leaves and plain coffee.


It goes well with any type of food.





Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.


An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.



Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.




The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.


In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.



That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.









Barley Tea contains gluten, and should be avoided or used with caution for gluten-intolerant individuals. For nursing mothers who experience difficulty producing milk or for individuals with diarrhea, it is suggested to consume tea less frequently.


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