Barley is a fantastic crop, ideal for low input farming systems, and a delicious and versatile ingredient. This distinctive dark variety, introduced to the UK by the British Quinoa Company, has a high level of anti-oxidant anthocyanins, giving it a rich purple-black colour and sweet nutty flavour.

Rich and malty black barley flakes are a delicious addition to muesli or granola. They’re also great toasted and sprinkled on salads, for baking, or to thicken and add flavour to soups and stews.

This is available to purchase through Hodmedod’s to whom we supply the black barley. Link to their website shop is below:


100% British-grown Black Barley Flakes (contains gluten)


Store in a cool dry place.

Allergen advice

Barley – contains gluten.

Nutritional information

Typical values Per 100g
Energy 1,307kj (312kcal)
Fat 4.2g
 of which saturates 0.8g
Carbohydrates 39.4g
 of which sugars 2.3g
Fibre 23.7g
Protein 17.2g
Salt  <0.2g

How to cook

Black Barley Flakes have a nutty, malty flavour and are great in granola, flapjacks and crumbles.

Add raw or toasted to muesli, granola or salads. Try in place of oats for heartier porridge, flapjacks or biscuits. Add to dough for baking or use as a topping.


Soak 1 part naked barley flakes overnight in 3 parts water, milk or your preferred dairy alternative. Use in muesli or cook for porridge.