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Highland barley

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Higher classification  Barley
Rank  Subspecies

Scientific name  Hordeum vulgare subsp. vulgare
Similar  Chhaang, Tsampa, Barley, Butter tea, Yak butter

Highland barley, Tibetan barley or Himalayan barley (Tibetan: ནས་; Wylie: nas; Chinese: 青稞; qīngkē, or 藏青稞; zàng qīngkē) is the principal cereal cultivated on the Tibetan Plateau, used mainly to make milk tea, tsampa and alcohol.

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Today, it is used to make beer (Lhasa Beer), flour, bread, cakes or noodles.

In Chinese vocabulary there are thee associated varieties:

  • 藏青稞: Hordeum vulgare var. trifurcatum
  • 青稞: Hordeum vulgare var. nudum
  • 青稞: Hordeum vulgare var. coeleste

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    References

    Highland barley Wikipedia


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