Sometimes it pays to be a farm girl.....
There are all sorts of varieties of barley. I've seen arabian blue, black and some purple.... these are hulless barlies. That means they don't have to be "pearled" which is the abrasive process that removed the hull and a lot of nutritional goodness.
You can see some pics here Hulless Barley - Heirloom, Untreated, Open Pollinated, Vegetable Seeds - Sustainable Seed Company
afaik, hulless barley cooks the same way the old pearled stuff does BUT takes a little linger to cook.
More interestingly they have a ton of recipes. Check out: BarleyFoods | Recipes
nutritional facts and cooking tips: http://www.barleyfoods.org/BarleyFacts-Nutrition.pdf
More barley info: BarleyFoods | Resources
BarleyFoods | Consumer Corner