26 Feb 2015

Barley is a cereal grain, which serves as a major animal feed crop, with larger amounts used for malting and in health food. It is a member of the grass family Poaceae. Its germination time is anywhere from 1 to 3 days.

Half of the world’s barley production is used as an animal feed. A large part of the remainder used for malting and is a key ingredient in beer and whiskey production. Non-alcoholic drinks such as barley water and mugicha are also made from unhulled barley. A small amount is used in health foods.

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