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Russian Federation ranks 13th US Ranks 47th

Rye is a good source of fiber, vitamin E, calcium, iron, thiamin, phosphorus, and potassium (hormel). It is not a significant world crop, and globally only contributes 7-8 calories daily per capita (down from 35 calories/day in the early 1960's). But many people do not consume rye, so those figures can be misleading. In Europe, the top three consumers of rye obtain over 200 calories/day from this grain on average from 2001-2003.

For more nutrition information on Rye, see:


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  8. USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 ( Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
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