For over 10,000 years, barley has been a go-to cereal grain in human history.

It’s so versatile that it’s been used for everything from currency to a sacred food.

In ancient Rome, it was even reserved for the most ripped and toned of athletes – the gladiators.

These barley-eaters, or "hordearii," were believed to be particularly strong and fit.

And it’s not just ancient civilizations that recognized the power of barley.

Today, it’s a popular grain for everything from soups to stews, and even in beer-making.

So next time you enjoy a dish with barley, remember that you're eating a grain with a rich history of strength and resilience.