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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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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
  • Be careful regarding the Kashrut of wheatberries in the fall and winter, since often they are marketed as specifically spring or winter varieties which may not be subject to the Rama's leniency regarding wheat of uncertain origin. – Double AA Jan 28 '18 at 0:50

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