This month our facilities are featuring oats. Oats (Avena sativa) have a sweet ﬂavor that makes them a favorite for breakfast cereals. Unique among the most widely-eaten grains, oats almost never have their bran and germ removed in processing. So if you see oats or oat ﬂour on the label, relax: you’re virtually guaranteed to be getting whole grain.
In the U.S., most oats are steamed and ﬂattened to produce rolled oats, sold as “old-fashioned” or regular oats, quick oats, and instant oats. The more oats are ﬂattened and steamed, the quicker they cook – and the softer they become. If you prefer a chewier, nuttier texture, consider steel-cut oats, also sometimes called Irish or Scottish oats. Steel-cut oats consist of the entire oat kernel (similar in look to a grain of rice), sliced once or twice into smaller pieces to help water penetrate and cook the grain. Cooked for about 20-30 minutes, steel-cut oats create a breakfast porridge that delights many people who didn’t realize they love oatmeal!
For pictures and descriptions of the diﬀerent forms of oats click here
For more information about the health benefits of oats click here