Why BarleyMax Beats Tray-grown Wheatgrass

Chapter One of the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, details the creation of this earth by God (vs. 1-5), the separation of the earth from the heavens above, the separation of the land from the waters (vs. 6-10), and then on the third day of creation, God creates plant life (vs. 11-13):

“And God said Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind; and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Then God Created The Sun, Moon, and Stars

When God created the plant life on day three, it needed sunlight with which to grow and there was no sun, so on day four God created the sun to give light upon the earth, light that was absolutely necessary for the plants created on day three to grow and thrive:

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. And let them be for light in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God created two great lights; THE GREATER LIGHT TO RULE THE DAY and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. And to rule over the day and over the night and to divide the light from the darkness and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” (Genesis 1:14-19)

All Earth’s Energy Originates In The Sun

All the energy on earth originates in the sun. As for the plants, as they grow, the sun’s energy enters the plant through a process called photosynthesis, converting the sun’s energy into chlorophyll, so that humans and animals who feed on these green plants can receive the nourishment necessary to sustain life and growth.

Chlorophyll (which is basically metabolized sunlight), minerals, and water together are the closest relative to human blood. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to the molecular structure of human blood (the one difference is that the center element in chlorophyll is magnesium, but the center element in blood is iron).

Ingesting chlorophyll is almost like receiving a blood transfusion!

All of God’s animal creations, including humans, receive this sun energy when they consume green leafy plant foods. The plant-eating animal receives it directly from the green leaves while the carnivorous animal receives this sun energy second hand when they consume the flesh of a plant eating animal.

Cereal grasses contain the highest form of sun energy and thus have within them the greatest source of nutrients of all plant foods. Cereal grasses would include wheat grass, barley grass, rye grass, oat grass, buckwheat grass, millet grass, etc.

God made cattle with several digestive compartments so that they could digest and extract this sun energy by directly grazing on these grasses.

Man does not have these extra digestive compartments to process these grasses before they reach the stomach. So, it is very difficult for man to obtain the sun energy and nutrients in grasses by directly eating them.

Juicing Grass Allows Man To Access This Sun Energy

Rather than eating grass directly, breaking the grass’ cellular structure by chopping the grass in a blender can make nutrients available to the human body, but on a limited basis.

The best way to get these nutrients and sun energy into the body is by harvesting them, run the grass through a juicier, and then consuming the juice alone.

Because all fiber has been removed by the juicing process, these juices require practically no digestive effort, meaning that the nutrients that have been concentrated into the juice can go almost directly into the bloodstream.

There is no better way of getting this sun energy and these nutrients into our bodies than by juicing. It is almost like intravenous feeding!

Within minutes of consuming the green grass juices, the sun energy and nutrients are in the blood stream providing energy and the building materials the body needs to build superior cells.

Green plants have the God-given ability to transform pure sunlight (plus minerals, carbon dioxide, and water) into a glorious structure capable of nourishing the human body in ways no other food is capable of doing.

My First Introduction To Cereal Grasses

My first introduction to cereal grasses was when I spent some time at the Hippocrates Institute in Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Ann Wigmore in the late 1970s. At that time she was growing wheatgrass in cafeteria trays on racks in the windows of her three story brownstone house.

It was truly a learning experience for me and one I will never forget, because her kitchen was the first kitchen I had ever seen that did not contain a cook stove. All foods were consumed in their raw state and included lots of wheatgrass juice and other juices, sprouts, whole raw foods, and blended, raw foods.

There in that brownstone in Boston, I learned how to grow living foods, both sprouts and wheatgrass, indoors. We would harvest the grass from the cafeteria trays several times each day and run the grass through a juicing machine. I must confess I did not find the taste of the freshly extracted wheatgrass juice very appealing but Dr. Ann said it was good for me and so I drank it.

After my stay with Dr. Ann, I came home, purchased some cafeteria trays, some potting soil, some wheat seed, a juicer, and started growing wheatgrass in the windows of my home, harvesting the grass and running it through my newly purchased hand-cranked juicing machine and drinking that not-so-pleasant tasting green juice each day.

What’s Wrong With Growing Wheatgrass In Cafeteria Trays?

Since that first experience, I have done a lot of research and experimenting on how to best grow cereal grasses for juicing. I have learned a lot — and during this learning curve I have found a better way of growing cereal grasses than the way I first learned to grow them.

Following are a few of the reasons I have found that growing cereal grasses in cafeteria trays is not the best way of growing them:

  • The amount of nutrients available to the root of the growing seed is limited. The nutrients contained within the seed itself, along with the nutrients found in the inch or so of growing medium in the cafeteria tray are all that the roots have access to; not to mention the diffused sunlight that comes in through a window.
  • In the warm atmosphere of a house, sprouting takes place too rapidly and the grass is ready for harvesting in 10-14 days. This does not allow enough time for the plant to develop a significant root system. Due to the limited amount of soil in the tray, a very miniscule amount of nutrients are absorbed into the plant.
  • In this warm indoor atmosphere, shoots mature too rapidly, resulting in a simple carbohydrate makeup rather than a complex carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates convert to sugar too rapidly and thus are in the least desirable form for the body to receive them.

Steve Meyerowitz, in his book Wheat Grass Nature’s Finest Medicine (1998 edition), has the following to say about growing wheat grass indoors in cafeteria trays on pages 44-45:

“Tray grown grass, grown indoors, never achieves the jointing stage” when most of the vitamins and protein reach their peak [bold emphasis mine].


“because it grows so quickly under warm conditions, the plant has a relatively high level of simple sugars… The accelerated growth causes the indoor plant to put most of its energy into growing leaves rather than roots. Thus very few minerals can be absorbed from the roots and utilized to produce more complex nutrients. The warm temperatures and low air circulation also cause growing problems. Mold is the scourge of all indoor growers and that is because grass likes it cool … The soil in trays is only 1-2 inches deep and the roots are barely mature enough to assimilate nutrients no matter how good the soil.”

“In contrast, outdoor grass develops deep roots, pulling up minerals and manufacturing vitamins over 60-200 days of slow growth …. Sun beats down on the field crop for 4-8 weeks (longer for winter wheat). Such exposure and slow growth in the cool fall or spring turns the grass into a solar collector, storing high concentrations of energy in its leaves. This provides a full spectrum of chlorophyll, trace minerals and micro-nutrients. This is how wheat [and all other cereal grasses – emphasis mine] were designed to grow.

“In nature, the purpose of the plant is to produce grain. Once it has accumulated enough solar energy/nutrition, it generates the wheat berries which we collect and grind into flour. By harvesting the plant just before it joints, we are taking advantage of the vegetable at its nutritional prime. Although you can grow it indoors and come close, the finest wheat and barley grass is grown outdoors.” 

Advantages Of Growing In The Ground And Outdoors

Common sense and nature tell us that growing in the ground out-of doors is the way God designed our food to grow and there are a number of reasons why growing cereal grasses out-of-doors is superior to growing them indoors.

  • Grown in deep mineral- and nutrient-dense soil provides a huge reservoir from which the roots can draw nutrients, rather than being limited to an inch of soil in a cafeteria tray.
  • The seeds when planted in the fall develop roots throughout the fall, winter, and spring, extracting a broad range of nutrients.
  • Shoots develop very slowly in the cool fall, winter and spring seasons, producing a much more complex carbohydrate which the body handles much better than the simple carbohydrate found in the cafeteria tray grown grass.
  • Grass is harvested at peak of nutrition, prior to the jointing stage at which time the grass is preparing to produce the grain. Once the grain starts to form, nutrient density in the leaf drops significantly.
  • Since the grass is harvested prior to the jointing stage it contains no gluten (gluten is found only in the grain or seed of the plant).

What’s So Special About BarleyMax?

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will share what makes BarleyMax superior to tray grown wheat grass, and why BarleyMax is the most important food both Rhonda and I consume each and every day.  Trust you will join us!

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  1. Does this mean that sprouting broccoli sprouts, etc. indoors does not maximize the nutrients in the sprouts either?

  2. I don’t like it how Hallelujah acres points out bad things about good things to make their products ‘look’ better. .when in actuality Wheat Grass and Barley Grass BOTH have thier benefits. Wheat Grass is better for detoxing and rebuilding the tissue and cutting fat. Barley Grass has more sustainable nutrition from infancy to adulthood. . . I would like to see you do a more accurate compairison on the two and now shed a ‘bad’ light on the one you are not making a ‘profit’ on. .
    thanks carolgay

  3. Glorygirlonzion, your comments are 2nd by me.

  4. I have read Steve’s book wheat grass “Nature’s Finest Medicine. and I quote “Tray grown grass, grown indoors or in greenhouse, never achieves the jointing stage. However, this grass is always harvested on its way to peak. Protein count are typically an excellent 40 to 50% on a dry weight basis. Fresh squeezed tray grown grass juice is 2% protein. But since the juice is 95% water. this represents 40% of the solid content. Indoor grown grass under warm condition has achieved jointing stage as early as 18th day. since tray growers harvest between 8 to 14 days, they are coming close. Considering that they can get close to jointing and that the grass is fresh squeezed and drunk immediately, this approach has all the nutritional advantages of a fresh vegetables close to its prime.
    I agree with Steve. Yes, it is true you may not get all the nutritional value as the outdoor grass, but still I believe, is better than the outdoor grass for a quick healing of a degenerative disease. It may not taste as good as barleymax, but never the less it is still extremely good for you. Ms. Ann Wigmore approved it by healing herself of Liver cancer with indoor grown wheat grass. Above information is available on Page 44 of Steve Meyerowitz’s book Wheat Grass nature’s finest medicine.

    According to Piter U. Caizer the Wheatgrass Messiah has this to say on Page 89 on the same book as above: It’s powder. Anything that is dried has an incredible loss of vital life force. Even if you dry it carefully. Dried is dormant. Dormant is dormant. Problem with all that dried stuff is the life force-the ethereal energy is dissipated and lost. You are a living, vibrant entity. So when you drink something highly vibrational like grass-grass juice is the highest vibrational, it tunes right into you and brink up your vibration.

    As I am new to raw food for almost 2 years for now. I do not know everything. I am just learning as everyone else. I am quoting directly out of the Book. I do agree that both indoor and outdoor grasses has their places in our health. It all depends on individual’s dedication to their health.

    As for me I grow and juice both barley and wheat grass and also sprout broccoli and other small seeds and also drink dried superfood grasses. . I’ve learned a lot from Rev. Malkmus and continue improving my health as GOD intended for us to live. I really appreciate Hallelujah Acres dedication to keep us informed and great encouragement for me and many others in this world. Thanks and GOD bless.

    • Thanks Investwithwisdom. .good word. . and Lensal1844. . just my point. .don’t put the other down to elevate yourself. .the more obective the information the more informed the reader. .there is enough for everyone to go around. . there doesn’t have to be fear to motivate us but a rantional mind that can think for itself. . reason for its self. .this is what we need to encourage all to do. . and of course drink plenty of fresh green grass juice. . LOL

  5. Tiffany Charpentier

    Well, if your on a budget, or don’t have land to grow wheat or barley sprouts, Certainly go for the indoor trays. Its alot better than the standard American diet. You still definitely get some benefits from the indoor tray grass. Anyone can argue that there is always a “better” more nutritious way, but you do the best you can. Another issue is if somehow we can’t get a hold of the “Barley Max” because of economic or catastrophic events- it would be a good idea to keep a stored stock of wheat or barley to sprout your own.

  6. I have the book, Wheatgrass, Nature’s Finest Medicine, by Steve Meyerowitz. You said that you quoted Steve on pp. 44-45 of his book regarding the poor quality of grass grown in trays. I looked in the book on those pages and even looked at several pages, before p. 44 and after p. 45 and found nothing there! You are trying to sell your produce! I grow wheatgrass and my blood tests show the GREAT improvement in all aspects of drinking several ounces per day. I have tried your product, but have to take several tablespoons at one time to get the benefit of even one ounce of wheatgrass Juice. And if Steve thought wheatgrass juice was so inferior, why would he write a 242 page book about its benefits. It is a complete guide to using grasses to revitalize your health and he is talking about growing it on trays in your home!! There is an entire chapter in his book written by people who have been cured of cancer and many other forms of disease by drinking wheatgrass juice. Yes, not your powder, but wheatgrass grown on trays in people’s homes. And furthermore, there are many scientific studies demonstrating the efficacy and nutrition of grasses and these are based on clinical evidence and word-by-word mouth testimony of users. Even though there is some benefit in the powdered grasses, I find it much more palatable drinking my 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice than trying to down even one tablespoon of powder in a smoothie, for example. Sell your product some other way without misquoting someone like Steven Meyerowitz. He never said what you quoted! Wheatgrass grown on trays is far superior to the powdered if you have the place and time to grow it. Otherwise, use the powder if that is the only way you are sure of getting your greens daily. I use powders only when I travel, but the energy and endurance I get from wheatgrass is missed when I drink the powders. And Malkmus, be sure what you quote is actually in the book you name. It does not look good when you try to promote your produce by not only misquoting, but also disqualifying wheatgrass grown on trays when it has been scientifically proven to be exceptional and beneficial to curing many diseases. I should know. We work with cancer patients at Eden Valley in Loveland, CO who come to us in their 11th hour with cancer and whose doctors gave up on them. With lifestyle changes and wheatgrass, many go away, stay on the program and recover from cancer! So DO NOT disqualify a vital product to sell your own!! I have followed you for years, have your magazines and receive your emails. But I have deleted you from my emails because of your untruthful quote! In following God’s plan, we must be truthful in thought, word, and deed! Be truthful and let God sell your product!

    • Lensal1844,
      I think that the powder is good for the older generation that maybe can’t see themselves ‘growing’ there own grass. . I grew my own wheat grass for a whole year and drank 5oz a day. .to rebuild and restore some damage I received in my arms and shoulders from overworking for a few years in a cleaning business. . . it is something that you have to keep up on. . the dirt , the compost and the juicing daily. . and it just might not be for everyone. .but I second your thoughts as well. . .that we are to hold everyone that claims to be living a godly life to up hold integrity in all that we do and express to others for edificaton and teaching. . .

  7. I s uggest you check out Oceangrown.
    You can spray on this sea mineral source and get much better results. said to not have the objectionable taste of wheat grass juice..

  8. I appreciate your comment on tray growing wheat grass, etc. I grow wheat grass in my home and I am very please with the results I am having. It is much more economical for me than buying your Barley Max. I think buying these cereal grasses is to expensive.
    Please donot discourage people from growing there own wheat grass. To me fresh is better than powder. You are trying to promote your business. Stop discrediting others to promote your business. I am very disappointed in you. Using wheat grass juice grown on trays has good results and the one I grow taste good and I mix it with other juices I juice. Your Barley Max, I donot like. I donot think God is pleased with your actions in this matter.
    I also grow my own sunflower greens(so delicious), pea green and buckwheat letteuce. I am very happy and satisfied with my in door garden.

  9. Ridiculous!!!!!
    There is NO powdered grass that even comes close to fresh juiced grass whether in the dirt or hydroponicly grown.
    The soil and root building of wheat grass is an opinion.
    THE PROOF IS IN THE BLOOD WORK AND TESTIMONIES, not someones opinion. You can find plenty of documentation and research done for many years at Hippocrates Health Institute and lots of other places…just Google it. Yes, there are great benefits from ANY form of wheat or barley grass, but don’t even try to tell me powdered is better. ANY POWDERED FORM OF GRASS IS INFERIOR DUE TO OXIDATION AND GENERAL PROCESSING. I dare anyone to show proof that a powder is better than right out of the juicer. This is designed only to sell product and not give accurate info……nothing wrong with selling product, just do it without insulting my intelligence. I’m sure this product is quality and will sell just fine without the misinformation. Just my two cents.

  10. In this article Rev. Malkmaus is comparing the quality of the juice from indoor grown cereal grasses to those grown outdoors. He is not yet promoting his product directly, but I assume from his ‘next week’ that he may be.

    From my experience I believe that Rev. Malkmaus is correct that outdoor grown grasses are more nutritious.
    The greatest influencing factor in this comparison is regarding the depth and quality of the soil used in it’s growing.
    A plant has the ability to manufacture vitamins, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and fatty acids. A plant can not manufacture minerals. It’s this trait of a plant, to be able to reach down into the soil, the sub-soil even, and draw up those minerals essential to all living things and put them in a form that can be grazed by any beast and therefore receive those minerals for normal body function.

    The other extremely important factor, which was not discussed by Rev. Malkmaus, is the state in which these minerals need to be in the soil. Plants develop two types of roots as they grow, drinking/water roots and feeding/feeder roots. As their names suggest, the drinking root’s function is to maintain a good supply of water into the plant. The feeder root’s function is to gather the nutrient from the soil for plant growth. (A side issue is the use of water soluble nutrients to feed plants, which is another drawback to plants grown indoors and their need for ‘fast’ nutrient.) The plants ability to take up nutrients is facilitated by humus in the soil. Without a living, microbe-rich, humic content in the soil, many plant functions are inhibited including, but not limited to, pest resistance, genetic purity, mineral uptake, sugar levels (Brix levels), heavy metals content.

    I would prefer any food product to be field-grown, rather than indoor as long as it was grown in biologically active, organic/biodynamic humus rich soil.

    For those intent on growing grasses indoors:
    Deepen your soil
    Make your own soil
    Re-compost your soil before re-using
    Use worms to build humus

  11. I agree with the comments above. Basically, outdoors is best, fresher is better and dried will do in a pinch. I understand that GM & RM researched how to preserve the benefits in the dried product, and I believe that they believe in the product…yet, they are making $$$ from it’s sale, and so the perception~whether true or not~is that this article serves their self-interests and thereby may be skewed. Also, I do find that wheat grass juice has a strong flavor, but drinking powder is just unpalatable for me. That said, I have a huge tub of Barley Max on my counter top that I paid a lot for and rarely touch. My cats like it.

  12. Okay, you all, I may have come on a little strong in my support of tray-grown wheatgrass. I do believe that dried grass is therapeutic as I have read many of the testimonies of people helped through Dr. Malkmus program. However, his article got my ire because it implied, in my estimation, that tray-grown grass was the most inferior, that his dried product was better because it came from outdoor grown grass, and this I take issue with. Let me say this, if I could harvest outdoor grown grass and juice it in my kitchen, it would definitely be the number 1 best choice. Especially its flavor would make it more palatable. But where I live, I could only drink it 6 months out of a year because of the cold, winter months. And in the summer months, with the outdoor cats in it and the birds flying over it among the trees, I prefer tray-grown. The grass I grow and juice never has even a smidgen of mold. During the summer months it does well in our greenhouse and gets lots of sun through a shadecloth.

    I like what Steve says on p. 92 of His book, “Wheatgrass, Nature’s Finest Medicine: “There are advantages to both indoor and outdoor grasses. So, no matter which choice you make, you can’t lose. In the end, your decision may be based on some basic considerations such as taste, availability, cost, time, and convenience. When you grow indoors, you’re in charge. You are the farmer and you control the product from seed to juice…You get all the therapeutic advantages of this fresh vegetable at its peak of enzyme activity.”

    And on p. 95 Steve writes: “Although there is enzyme activity in dried grass, it is not at the same level of intensity as the fresh grass. There is a place for the dried product in your regimen. But when you really need to jump start a sick body, there is no substitute for fresh juice. If you are trying to heal and rejuvenate, you want the best. Juice the fresh grass and drink in the liquid sunshine. “It’s the Real Thing.”

    Having said all this, I am glad there is available to anyone the dried form of grass. I have used it especially when I travel and it is better than no grass at all. So if you support and use the dried, fine. I just say it is good to support what you hold to be best, just don’t put down a grass that has saved many lives and has been tray grown.

    • we have been doing wheat grass for years.we have tried your products.they are expensive.we can only do the best that we can do… i also remember when your magazines were sent out, about every 3 months free..

  13. ummm….grow the stuff OUTDOORS!!

  14. I like it because it good for the body, keep you from going to the doctor.

  15. This message and information is very timely. Will tune in next week. Thanx

  16. dolores m smith

    This barley grass info is very timely. Will tune in next week. Thanx

  17. Sorry, but I still perfer growing my wheatgrass indoor. It works for me and is cheaper than purchasing your barley max. With all the outdoor grown green also, I get plenty of nutritional value from all that I do. The Lord is greatly blessing. I’m very aware of the creation story. Now what you can do is explain why you do not obey God and keep all of His commands, which he mentions in the creation week. Thats more inportant than any barley max, because in everything we do, His blessings has to be upon it. And if not satan has something to do with it. Pray and ask God to show you the importance of His fourth commandment. May you listen to His voice.

  18. If you grow it, how do you juice the stuff?

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