Choice ingredient: Job’s Tears

job’s tears

Job’s tears are the grains of a tropical Asian grass. These grains have a number of uses, from foods to ornaments, and they appear to have been harvested and cultivated for thousands of years. The common name for Job’s tears comes from their distinctive teardrop shape.  Many people mistakenly believe that Job’s tears are a form of barley, probably because many markets label them as “Asian barley” or “Asian pearl barley.” In fact, barley is in an entirely different botanical genus, although the two plants are in the same family. Like barley, Job’s tears are dense, rich in minerals, and easy to use in a variety of recipes.

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