A tall cereal grass cultivated in Asia and Africa, but rarely found in the Western world. The grain is named Jobs Tears because its shape is similar to a teardrop. When the hull is removed and the grain is polished, it resembles polished barley and it is often considered to be a form of barley.
Cooking Chinese Pearl Barley
Like many other grains, Jobs Tears can be prepared by boiling or steaming. One part of Jobs Tears to 2 parts of water for a pilaf caserole. One part of Jobs Tears to 8 parts of water for a soup.
Before boiling or cooking raw Job’s Tears, rinse and soak in water for about an hour. Then boil with the same water for an hour.
Chinese Recipe: The Chinese cook it into a drink, served hot or chilled and seasoned with sugar or honey, which is then the popular yì mí shui. By adding a tea spoon of fresh lemon juice, it is another hit way of savoring the drink.
benefits Of Chinese Pearl Barley
Among Chinese, coix seed has been valued for its ‘cooling’ property, a concept related to Chinese food therapy, for acting on an ‘inflammed’ human body, mostly occurred after taking considerable spicy, grilled or barbecued foods. In addition to this, Chinese herbalists have regarded the seeds as being capable of:
enhancing immunity, inducing diuresis, excreting dampness, strengthening spleen,
-- It is not suitable for pregnant women. But there are claims mention that coix is good for nourishing the skin making it look soft and smooth.
-- Job's tears might decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Job's tears along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low
-- People take Job’s tears for hay fever, high cholesterol, cancer, warts, arthritis, obesity, and respiratory tract infections. It is also used to treat a disease called toxoplasmosis that is caused by a parasite.
-- Some research has been done in people. It suggests that fiber contained in Job's tears might decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.
Job's tears contains chemicals that might interfere
-- with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and might also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. But most research on Job's tears is in animals and test tubes. There isn't enough information to know if Job's tears works the same way in people
-- It is an excellent source of iron and calcium and it is reported that it is beneficial in revitalizing the blood and nervous system. The grain can be stored for a long time.