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“Portugal’s barn”, the Alentejo’s nickname, comes from the old days when the plains were all covered in wheat and barley.

Although the cereal culture has lost some ground to other cultures, such as cork oaks and olive trees, it still stands strong among them as the region’s symbol and a source of livelihood. Barley is a cereal belonging to the wheat family, and it was, up until the rise of the latter, the most consumed by mankind. Well-known for its use in beer brewing, it is a versatile product also used in bread making, and its grains can be a part of delicious recipes. Do you know any other use for barley?

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