Rye - Rye Grass - Centeno
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Important chiefly in central and N Europe. The GRAIN, or seed, is used for pumpernickel and the lighter-colored rye bread (made from a mixture of rye and wheat flour), as a stock feed, and in the distillation of whiskey and gin.
The plant, which grows well in areas where the soil is too poor and the climate too cool for wheat, is also grown for hay and pasturage and as green manure and a COVER CROP. Russia leads in world production. ERGOT, a fungus infection, is poisonous and can make rye unsafe for use.
short-lived perennial, leafy, tufted plant belonging to the family Gramineae (grass family). Two species are grown in the United States, Italian rye grass (Lolium multiflorum),
the leading hay grass of Europe, and English, or perennial, rye grass (L. perenne).
In parts of the United States where winters are mild, both are sowed, often
mixed with other grains, for pasturage.
Italian rye grass is much used for lawns in warmer regions of the United States. Perennial rye grass was probably the first of all perennial grasses to be cultivated pure for forage. Poison rye grass, or darnel (L. temulentum), reputed to be poisonous, grows in grain fields and waste places; it is thought to be the tare of the Bible.
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Properties of Centeno valued by the Aztec's
Food, Laxative and Cures Headaches.
Aztec Method of Use
With the Rye grains brew a coffee similar to real coffee but with one advantage "No Caffeine" which is recommended for people with cardiac problems. This coffee is good for people suffering from headaches or constipation.
Prepare in the following way: Remove the shell casing of the Rye grain, wash the grains in water then boil until tender, then dry in sunlight then toast over fire and add sugar.
This infusion is made the same way regular coffee is made. The milled Rye flour is very nutritious and bread is made with it that has a very agreeable taste and odor, useful in the formation of fiber in the intestines which in turn helps fight constipation.
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