Talbinah is actually a broth made from barley (Sha`eer). The broth is called Talbinah because it is thin and white, similar to milk.
Barley (the essence of Talbinah) is a rugged cereal grain from the grass family, it can grow up to 1 ½ to 4 feet tall and flourishes in cool climates.
The most common forms of barley found today are: Hulled barley where only the outer husk is removed, Scotch barley where the grain is husked and coarsely ground, barley grits where the grain is hulled and cracked into medium course pieces, and Pearl barley where the bran is removed, steamed and polished. The most nutritious and beneficial of these is the hulled barley as the other forms lose a lot of their nutritional value through the different processing they go through. Pearl barley is more commercial and widely available unlike the other forms which can mainly be found in health food stores.