Palouse Heritage Purple Egyptian™ Barley spread northward centuries ago from the Middle East to the arid regions east northeast of the Caspian Sea. The bran layer of this six-row hulless grain is glassy purplish-black and composed of the antioxidant anthocyanin and high beta-glucans that lower cholesterol. Palouse pioneering sisters Mary and Anna Barth (bart) were raised on the Russian steppes and recalled camel rides along fields of this beautiful grain.