Black Buffalo Barley


Horedum vulgare

buffalo grainheadThis is not a rare cultivar but it is difficult to locate as seed stock. It is a variety commonly found in health food stores. Known for it’s nutty flavor and chewy texture. It is a 2 row, hulless variety with purple to black kernels. I found it to be very similar in stature to Gopal. I would tend to believe that both Black Buffalo and Gopal share a common ancestor, or, quite possibly, Gopal is the ancestor of Black Buffalo. The Black Buffalo had a tendency to lodge during heavy rains. I am not sure what my full assessment of this variety is, given this was a first year trial during an unusually, wet and rainy season (2015). I am offering seed for those who live in an area with less rainfall. I would not recommend Black Buffalo for my region, here in Northern Indiana. This one was probably adapted for areas with less rainfall and humidity.

Buffalo barley bed may 25

Black Buffalo Barley
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One Response to Black Buffalo Barley

  1. Greg Krieger says:

    I grew Black Buffalo this year and found it to be later maturing and much lower yielding than Faust that was growing nearby, about one-fourth as much. Each plant had dozens of tillers but just a few of them produced seed heads. Could this possibly be a winter barley? Or does it need higher fertility or more water? The grain is much darker than Faust and I’m eager to taste it but I just don’t have very much of it.

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