Wheat, especially white flour, was always the food of the wealthy, whereas the poor had to make do with “darker” grains, rye and barley, which were also easier to grow tolerating poorer soil and less favourable growing conditions. Barley is very short and is a good yielder generally having far more heads per plant than wheat. Barley can come either naked or hulled, two row or six row. Two row barley is lower in protein and hence is used for malting purposes. In industrial uses of barley, the six row barley would be used for animal feed as it is higher in protein. For human consumption, barley can be used in soups, stews, breads and more.
Peru Cebada (means barley in Spanish) is a somewhat taller 6 row barley from Peru.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulled Barley
Hordeum Nigrinudum (nigri=black, nudum=naked) is a 2-row barley of normal height with black heads, beards and seeds.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulless Barley
Black Hulless is a very short, only about 2’ tall, 2-row barley with black seeds. The heads are dark but not black with lighter beards.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulless Barley
Special Mix contains purple, grey, and blond seeded varieties.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulless Barley
Excelsior has attractive purplish bearded seed heads and purple seeds.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulless Barley
Ethiopian has large dark brown pointed seeds.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulless Barley
Hordeum Zeocrithon is apparently a different species than common barley. It is upright and very tall for a barley and is 2-rowed with long bearded heads.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulled Barley
Blackheart is also short and early with black heads but it is a 2-row barley. Blackheart also has darker beards than Black Alberta.
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Black Alberta is short and early with black heads. It is a 6-row barley.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulled Barley
Warrior has fat 6-row heads with unusual beards which are folded like a grasshopper’s leg.Grains/Cereals / Barley / Hulled Barley