Barley grass is the soft, young shoots that first emerge and later become the barley plant. Barley grass is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated sweet grasses and its use can be traced back to prior to 7000 B.C., popular for cultivation among both the Greeks and Romans. Roman gladiators were rumored to eat barley grass in order to prepare for their battles in the coliseum!
Barley grass continues to be popular in modern-day and has gained even more popularity due to its nutrition profile. Barley grass has made its way into health drinks, shakes, bars and supplements. Barley grass is a common ingredient in many health-related products and many studies show potentially positive effects from its consumption.
Barley grass is also known as; Barley Beta-Glucan, Barley Bran, Barley Grass, Barley Malt, Bêta-Glucane d’Orge, Cebada, Cereal Fiber, Dietary Fiber, Fibre Alimentaire, Fibre de Céréale, Green Barley, Green Barley Grass, Herbe d’Orge, Herbe d’Orge Verte, Hordeum, Hordeum Distichon, Hordeum distychum, Hordeum vulgare, Mai Ya, Malt d’Orge, Malt d’Orge Germée, Orge, Orge Germée, Orge Perlé, Orge Mondé, Pearl Barley, Pot Barley, Scotch Barley, Son d’Orge, Sprouted Barley, Sprouted Barley Malt.