Oat, why not? – Oat Benefits

Oat, why not? – Oat Benefits
13/03/2016 Margarida Moreira

Since granola has conquered the market and our pantry shelves, it is important to know the oat benefits and dangers of this main ingredient of many delicious snacks.

Botanic characteristics

It is an annual grass, growing beyond one meter high, varying according to the species, the form of cultivation and soil and climatic conditions*. Under favorable conditions yields 4 to 5 tillers.

The fibrous root system – small but in large numbers – facilitates penetration into the ground. It is characterized by hair format, not distinguishing the taproot. Botanically the oat grain is considered a fruit called a caryopsis, semi-cylindrical, pointed. The inflorescence is a pyramidal panicle.

It presents cylindrical stems, erect, glabrousness. The cycle is variable, depending on the species, the sowing time and the prevailing temperatures. Can vary from 4 to 8 months. Higher temperatures accelerate the cycle and lower temperatures and waterlogging has the opposite effect.

Oat can tolerate a soil pH as low as 4,5 but under moderate fertility, oat tolerates a wider pH range than wheat or barley.

Oat Benefits – Oats are a useful grain for both cattle and man

*soil and climatic conditions – refers characteristics defined by environmental factors, such as climate, geographic relief, lithology, temperature, humidity, radiation, soil type, the wind, atmospheric composition, and rainfall. Soil and climatic conditions are related to the influence of the soil in living organisms, in particular, organisms of the Plantae (or plant) kingdom, including the use of the land by humans in order to stimulate plant growth.

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