One of the first cultivated grains of the Fertile Crescent, barley was domesticated from its wild progenitor around 10,000 years ago. There is early archaeological evidence of barley in cultivation in Egypt, Mesopotamia, northwestern Europe, China and Tibet. It was the chief bread grain of the Hebrews, Greeks, Romans and of much of Europe, until around the 16th century.
With a lovely nutty flavour, barley contains little gluten so it’s great for cakes and biscuits. The flavour is good in flatbreads and combines well with higher gluten flours in bread.
Barley is a highly adaptable crop with different varieties suited to temperate, subarctic and subtropical areas. It grows more successfully in the cold, wet areas of western Europe than wheat varieties, thrives in the near-desert areas of North Africa and even produces a reasonable yield in the very short growing season of the Himalayas.
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