#633.3 Job's Tears
Net Wt: 14 oz (397g)
Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), also known as "coixseed" or "Asian barley," belong to the grass family and are closely related to maize. Like maize, Job’s tears grows up to 6 feet tall in grassy fields, and is cultivated for a number of different uses. While the Job’s tears plant is native to Asia — it was a staple in South Asia during the Vietnam War when rice supplies ran low — it now grows in most tropical areas of the world. The name refers to the teardrop shape of each grain and the biblical story of a man named Job who suffered greatly. Depending on the region in which it is grown, it is also sometimes called "Christ's Tears" or "Mary's Tears."
These ancient grains contain considerable amounts of protein, amino acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Its impressive nutritional profile has contributed to its long-standing use in Asia and growing popularity elsewhere.
Use in place of rice in stir-frys, soups, salads and stuffing. Serve hot as a side dish with hearty mushrooms. Serve with maple syrup and fruit as a hot or cold cereal.