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Often on T"u BiSh'vat people like to eat members of the shiv'as haminim - the Seven Species by which the Land of Israel is praised. Some of them, such as grapes and dates, are easy enough to come across in their unadulterated forms. But when it comes to wheat and barley, people often resort to cooked or baked grain derivatives rather than consuming the fruit in its pure form. Where (preferably in the U.S.) can an average consumer easily get hold of grains of wheat and barley straight from the stalk?

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Way to start preparing even a bit more than 30 days before the holiday! My son is already starting to get pumped for TU Bishvat because it's the next holiday after Chanuka. – Isaac Moses Dec 28 '09 at 4:11
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about Judaism. – mevaqesh Jul 18 at 2:18
Yeah, I'm not sure, but I think it is in the same category as this question, and this question. A category related to that of this question. – WAF Jul 18 at 23:36
. . . An arguably more uniquely Jewish category than this question. – WAF Jul 18 at 23:43
Per meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/262/…, this question is on-topic. – Isaac Moses Jul 19 at 1:44
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You can buy plain pearled barley in the grocery store, usually near the dry beans. Many people use it for cholent. You can certainly cook that up plain as a starchy side dish, and you might be able to roast it. Are you hoping to eat it raw?

For wheat, it looks like the product you're looking for is called "wheat berries." I've never shopped for them, but I imagine they can be found at health food stores, or online.

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A friend reported getting wheat berries at either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. – Monica Cellio Feb 2 '12 at 20:36
You can also try using Bulgur en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgur, which is made up of wheat; alternatively, some Kasha is also made of wheat. – Barry Hammer Feb 8 '12 at 10:45

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