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Hordeum deficiens is a Annual
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
N. Africa - Ethiopia.
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Easily grown in light soils[
A two-rowed species, it is occasionally cultivated in Arabia and Ethiopia for its edible seed[
Seed - cooked[
]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, porridge etc.
Malt is obtained by sprouting and roasting the seed. This is a sweet substance and is used in making beer and as a food.
The roasted (unsprouted) seed is used as a coffee and a salt substitute.
The stems, after the seed has been harvested, have many uses. They are a source of fibres for making paper, a biomass for fuel etc, they can be shredded and used as a mulch[
Seed - sow in situ in early spring or early autumn and only just cover the seed. Make sure the soil surface does not dry out if the weather is dry. Germination takes place within 2 weeks.