“I can tell you the story of the beginning.”
— Johan Swärd
Rye is one of the newest grains we have, having only been cultivated for 2,000-3,000 years. At first, rye was just a weed growing in Central Asian wheat fields. But the farther wheat production traveled north, to cold climates with short summers, the clearer it became that this weed was outpacing the wheat. Eventually, people in those regions began to produce rye instead.
Just about all old styles of farming centered around shifting cultivation, where people would burn the vegetation, and then sow seeds in the ash. Grain production required this method almost exclusively. Farmers in Northern Europe and Northern Asia normally burned town broadleaf trees, not…
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