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
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