The history of barley
Historians believe that beer may have been invented accidentally. Wild barley already existed 10,000 years ago. The grain was originally cultivated for making bread and gruel. Nowadays, barley is mostly used as the main ingredient in beer. The story goes that, one day in Mesopotamia, someone prepared a barley gruel and then forgot about it. This mixture started fermenting spontaneously in the open air, giving rise to the first beer! Capable of adapting to any climate, barley is now cultivated in both temperate and cold regions, on plains and at high altitudes.