Rye (Secale cereale) is mostly cultivated in the moderate temperate latitudes and belongs to the family of sweet grasses (Poaceae), like wheat.

Even in cooler locations and lighter soils, rye still provides good harvest. For this reason, rye is often spread on sandy soils. It is known as a modest, disease-resistant crop, which has good characteristic of the previous crop.

In Europe, rye is mainly grown in the winter season. It reaches a height of up to 200 cm. The spikes are aristate and narrow.