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The origins of barley and the Himalaya barley grain

[TS-VCSC-Timeline timeline_style=”style3″ timeline_ulwrap=”top” title=”The “Holy grain“” text=”Barley is the oldest grain, that people cultivate, even before the ancient wheat Emmer and Einkorn, our ancestors used barley as staple food. Pre-Christian cultures appreciated barley as the “Holy grain”. In ancient Greek, Demeter, the goddess of fertility was also called “Barley mother”. ” el_file=””][TS-VCSC-Timeline timeline_style=”style3″ timeline_position=”direction-r” title=”Food for Gladiators” text=”It was also used as a staple in the diet of the legendary gladiators of ancient Greece and Rome to being referenced in the bible: ‘It was with five barley loaves and two fishes that our Lord fed the five thousand’ (John 6:9,10). In more recent times, a Russian scientist wrote 100 years ago that a wide diversity of hulless barley occurred in south-eastern Asia, China, Japan, Tibet and probably Nepal.
” el_file=””][TS-VCSC-Timeline timeline_style=”style3″ title=”Tsampa” text=”Today barley remains important in the diet of modern day Tibetans, their basic food called Tsampa is made out of roasted and crushed barley and mixed with Yak milk. It is likely that a barley line from Tibet, called Himalaya, was the source of the original breeding material for BARLEYmax™.
” el_file=””][TS-VCSC-Timeline timeline_style=”style3″ timeline_position=”direction-r” title=”Elusive background” text=”The background of the Himalaya barley grain remains elusive. It was collected early on, almost certainly from the Himalayas and taken to the USA where it appears in 20th Century literature.” el_file=””][TS-VCSC-Timeline timeline_style=”style3″ timeline_ulwrap=”bottom” title=”Himalaya 292″ text=”Himalaya made its way to Australia after CSIRO’s Dr Peter Chandler obtained the variety from Washington State University believing its ‘nakedness and tallness’ would be ideal for his research. Peter subsequently bred, along traditional lines, a variety named Himalaya 292. ” el_file=””]