One of the beautiful aspects of gluten-free living is that it can broaden your culinary horizons with strong international influences. Job’s tears are another naturally gluten-free grain that may enjoy a renaissance in North America as the gluten-free food movement continues to gain predominance. Known in Japan as hato mugi and as yimi in Chinese, this beautiful gluten-free grain resembles large pearls of barley in the shape of a tear drop. While barley is often used in soups and stews, you can substitute Job’s tears and never feel slighted. Although not as common as the other gluten-free grains, Job’s tears are a traditional Eastern grain and deserve a try at least once on your gluten-free journey. With their delightfully tender texture and flavor that exudes a hint of corn, Job’s tears will bring a twist of taste to your gluten-free adventures at home. These gluten-free pearls become creamy when cooked.
Job’s tears have a sound nutritional profile and make a nice addition to your gluten-free cupboard. You can find Job’s tears in Asian markets, health food stores, and via mail-order. This charismatic import fetches a higher price, but you may find the experience well worth the cost. Job ‘s tears are not as readily available as other gluten-free grains and you should check with the manufacturer regarding their manufacturing process of this grain to ensure no cross-contamination with wheat.