Cereals - Barley (2-row) (Hordeum vulgare)

Barley originated from either Ethiopia or south west Asia, and
was collected from wild plants as early as 8000 BC. It was being cultivated in Egypt by 5000 BC, and over most of Europe by 2000 BC.

Barley is a major cereal in Britain with an annual crop of about six million tonnes. This is used either for animal feed or for malting, little being used for human consumption. Malting is an important process in beer and malt whiskey production.

Barley has even been used as a standard measurement.

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