Triticale, a hybrid of rye and wheat, it is a member of the grass family. Like wheat and rye, it is a cereal, or grain. It has the hardiness of rye and the relatively high grain yield of wheat. Most triticale is grown in Europe. It is a good source of carbohydrates and protein. Its protein is rich in the amino acid lysine.

Triticale is used chiefly to feed livestock. Human consumption is not widespread, in part, because it is less suitable for commercial baking than other grains.

Triticale was initially produced around 1875, but it was not until the 1960's that types suitable for cultivation were developed.