Barley was one of the most frequently grown cereals. Pliny the Elder (24-79) wrote in his book Naturalis Historia 18: 'From all cereals, barley is most resistant to the cold. It is suitable for a wet subsoil and grows in both wet and dry areas.' Barley was used for beer and porridge. This dried barley is delivered in bundles of approx. 60 cm. It can easily be woven into a garland.