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ORGANIC OAT GROATS, whole
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Botanical Name: Avena sativa
Production: the raw oat groat is separated from its outer hull by centrifugal acceleration and winnowing.
Oats are believed to be first cultivated in the Middle East around 3000 years ago and subsequently spread to more Northern climates, becoming a popular food staple throughout Europe. In the 17th century, British settlers introduced oats to North America where they have been farmed ever since. Today, the oats are primarily bailed and sold as animal feed and secondarily used for culinary (whole groats, steel cut, flaked and milled into flour) as well as medicinal purposes (see oat tops and oat straw).
Qualities: oats are about 66% carbohydrates (including 11% dietary fiber and 4% beta-glucans), 7% lipids and 17% protein. Their high fiber content and especially the Beta-glucans (a type of soluble fiber) have shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Oats are also a very good source of the vitamin B complex and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc. Even though pure oat groats do not contain gluten, most oats are cultivated and processed in such a way that cross-pollination and cross-contamination with wheat are likely to occur.
Common use: since oat groats are the whole kernel with only the inedible hull removed, they have a nuttier flavor and chewier texture than more processed oats. They have a much longer cooking time (about 1-hour stovetop - less if presoaked and are a good choice for overnight slow cooking). They are worth the wait as they make an excellent hot breakfast cereal, pilaf, and stuffing.
Storage: keeps well in a sealed container in a cool, dry, and dark location
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens. Even though this product has been grown, cleaned and packaged with the utmost care, please be aware that impurities may occur.
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Oats for the win!
I love OM groats for making milk in my Soyabella. Soaked for a lot or a little, mix with OM pumpkin seeds and/or hemp and makes yummy silky milk on demand. So fresh! Leftover pulp is so useful!
Shipping was fast. Perfect for breakfast.
Absolutely fantastic food. I wanted to buy the most natural kind of Oats because any kind of processing of food always detracts from it's nutritional value. So I got the Groat Oats because they have had zero processing but I was a bit disappointed to find that if I boil them slowly for a couple of hours and then let them soak over night, then I still need to boil them for another 45 minutes the next day before they are completely cooked!!No wonder people always buy the processed, steel-cut ones. But I know that I am a lucky person so I decided to wait for my good luck to kick in.And then it did! Because I suddenly found out that if I simply put four ice-cream scoopers full of Groats into my coffee grinder and grind the Groats for only 10 to 15 seconds and then pour the powder into some hot water that doesn't even need to be boiling and Presto!! In about another 20 to 30 seconds I have the best tasting and most nutritious porridge that I have ever had in my life!! As a note for anyone who wants to try this, I found that my coffee grinder couldn't quite handle 4 ice cream scoops at once without failing to completely powderize the Groats so I put two scoops into the coffee grinder and you can stir those into 8 ounces of cold water before it even heats up. Then stir the other two scoops in when the water gets hot, it doesn't even need to be boiling!Then add a bit of honey and presto! the best porridge you have ever had. And if you know that cow's milk is made for baby cows and not meant to be quaffed by people then you can stir in some coconut oil so that it's not too thick.
These oats are a very good price and taste great. The only problem is that they do not sprout, my preferred way to reduce the phytic acid in grains.
We usually buy the steel-cut oats but they were out last time so we got a small bag of oat groats to try them out. Now we're hooked! A lovely, very satisfying flavour and texture. It just tastes healthier and more nourishing. It does take longer to cook but we have an Instant Pot so it's not an issue for us.