Rye (Secale cereale L.) origins just like wheat and barley from the Near East. Even today it is still found there in wild form.

In its original habitat, however, rye was never cultivated as a crop, but found its way as a „weed“ in the first wheat and barley populations (approx. 8.000 BC). Through natural selection it developed the typical crop traits, just like the other cereal species.

Unlike other cereal species rye grows naturally in heights of up to 2,500 m. This vigorous quality has caused its successful spreading in Central Europe since the early Middle Ages.

Today rye is a European crop species. Worldwide, 90 % of the rye cultivation takes place in the RYE BELT of Europe. 

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