>Millet was the oldest grain, both in China and Europe
> This is truly fascinating and it squares with what's
> in Wiki "Rice" article.
> Is it possible that the word arrived in E Europe via
> Iranian steppe nomads such as the Sarmatians or
> Scythians as a generic word for "grain" or a
> "non-wheat grain" or a grain that was boiled, etc.?"
> I've never seen rye, so I don't know if it looks likehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye
> rice or not or if the plant does. Curiously, wheat and
> dryland rice plants do look a lot alike.