Purple prairie barley is an heirloom grain that originated in Tibet. High in protein, the grain has the chewy texture of regular barley but with a dark purple hue and nutty flavor. A hulless, whole grain barley, this delicious gem is not pearled. Purple prairie barley takes about one and a half hours to cook if unsoaked, about one hour if soaked. A cup yields just under 4 cups cooked barley. makes great risotto, or barley cereal, or cooked like wild rice. Also great in stir fry!