The Benefits of Barley Tea

Barley tea is a very widespread beverage in Asia – particularly in China, Korea and even Japan. In the U.K. barley water has been around for a long time.

It is a very healthy tea and is easy to make. Let’s start with health benefits. It’s naturally caffeine free and also has a detoxifying effect on your body. It’s packed with antioxidants to help keep your body disease-free. Good for people with urinary tract infections and it can also reduce your cholesterol. It’s not advised if you’re pregnant or nursing your child and if you are gluten intolerant, this tea is obviously not a good choice as barley is a grain.

As far as making the tea is concerned, this is very easy. Take three tablespoons of the grain and dry roast them, either in the oven (around fifteen minutes) or in a pan on the stovetop, which takes less time. Make sure the grains are evenly cooked and they are done when they turn brown. Now place them into a teapot or a pan and pour over one liter of boiling, or near boiling water. This should be left to steep for several minutes, say between three and five. You’ll soon be able to do it exactly to produce the taste you prefer. After removing the barley, let the tea cool a little before serving. You will discover that it tastes almost nutty with a hint of bitterness. If you like you can include some sugar, stevia or honey and also lemon juice or just a slice of lemon for taste.

You can even make your own tea bags. Just buy some empty tea bags and fill them with portions of roasted barley. Then they are prepared for instant use. If you have an Asian supermarket near you, look for Mugicha tea, which is the Japanese word for barley so you can buy your tea there.

Another way to prepare this is by cold immersion. Just put the barley or barley tea bags into a glass jug and pour cold water over it. You can either put this into the refrigerator until it is chilled and a nice orange/red color or you can simply leave it out in the sun until it is ready. Then just add some ice and maybe some lemon or orange juice. A sprig of mint and a few citrus slices make this into a spectacular summer specialty.

Certainly barley tea is something everyone ought to try and maybe it will become a staple in your home.

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