Ears of barley, Hordeum sp.

Ears of barley, Hordeum sp.

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Caption: Barley ears. Ears of barley (Hordeum sp.). Barley is a very popular world crop. It is used in the brewing industry as the staple crop for beer production, and is used widely in cookery for its nutritional value. Barley is a good source of vitamin E, most B-complex vitamins, and the minerals potassium, calcium, and iron. It is thought to be the earliest cultivated crop: it was grown by the Egyptians around 5,000 years ago.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, barley, barley field, colorado, crop, dietary source, farming, field, hordeum, land use, mechanised, mechanized, vitamin e

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