Secale cereale ancestrale
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Common Name: Rye
Secale cereale ancestrale is a Annual
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Sandy places in vineyards, field edges etc, 100 - 1370 metres in Turkey[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed in Britain, though it should succeed as a spring-sown annual and possibly as an autumn sown plant. It is a primitive form of the cultivated cereal rye, Secale cereale[
] and as such could be of value in breeding programmes. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils but prefers a well-drained light soil in a sunny position.
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal in making bread, biscuits etc.
Seed - sow early spring or early autumn in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.