The Rye (Secale cereale) belongs to Poaceae (the Grass family). It is a winter annual that is native to Asia Minor, and adjacent areas. This herb has been widely cultivated in Central and Eastern Europe since the Middle Ages. It can reach about 1.5 m in height. Rye grain is used for flour, rye bread, rye beer, some whiskies, some vodkas, and animal fodder.