All About Oats

Oats are nifty little things. Packed full of natural goodness, they also offer great value for money, making them a staple-item of many British store cupboards. Add to this that they are also rather hardy out in the field, and it’s no wonder people have been growing and harvesting them in different areas of the world for nearly 2000 years. In fact, preserved oat mills have been discovered in historical Roman sites such as Pompeii, and in England oat grains have been found by archaeologists in various different locations.

The love affair between humans and oats has been a long one. Here in Britain, oats were the most widely grown crop up until the Second World War. After this time, the development of cars, as well as new milling techniques meant that new cereals began to take centre stage, pushing the humble oat out of the limelight and into the shadows. However, despite their decline in popularity over the centuries, the UK still grows and mills some of the finest oats in the world. We hope to continue to support this wonderful crop for many years to come.

Growing Oats

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    Oats like plenty of rain and long hours of sunlight in the summer.

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    Oats grow best in the north & south of the globe mainly USA, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia and here, in Great Britain.

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    The oat plant grows to around 1 metre high and each stem carries about 20-25 grains called oats.

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    Oat varieties differ wildly! The colour of the grain, for example, can be shades of white, gold, grey or even black!

A Nutritional Wonder

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    Besides containing around 11% protein, our oats have a large number of the necessary vitamins & minerals for healthy growth.

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    Our oats are an excellent source of dietary fibre; 45% soluble & 55% insoluble. They should form part of a fibre rich diet to maintain healthy digestion.  

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    Per gram, oats contain more protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamin, folacin and vitamin E than many other wholegrains, such as wheat, barley, corn and rice.

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    The lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids. That said, oats are still naturally low in fat when compared to many other breakfast cereals.

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    Types of Oats

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    Oats are an extremely versatile cereal and are available from Mornflake in many grades for breakfasts and cooking. These are oats as they arrive at Mornflake after being cleaned.

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    Types of Oats

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    Groats are oats after the husk has been removed.

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    Types of Oats

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    Pinhead Oatmeal is made by cutting the Groats into three. We sell Pinhead Oatmeal as Coarse Oatmeal.

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    Types of Oats

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    Oatbran is produced by extracting the bran from the outer layer of the Groat. Oatbran is rich in soluble and insoluble fibre. It makes a very smooth porridge and can be sprinkled into many recipes, including cereals and salad dishes, or used in baking for high-fibre food.

    We produce four pure Oatbran products: Oatbran 500g Visi Bag, Oatbran 800g Paper Bag, Oatbran Sprinkles and Toasted Oatbran.

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    Jumbo Oats are larger, thicker oats which are rolled from the whole Groat. Jumbo Oats are ideal for making a good, thick porridge with a more pronounced texture. They have a slightly nutty flavour and make superb biscuits and an excellent base for muesli.

    We produce two Jumbo Oat products: Jumbo Oats and Scottish Jumbo Oats.

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    Superfast Oats are the most popular oats and are rolled from Pinhead Oatmeal. These are given many names such as Flaked Oats, Oat Flakes, Quick Oats, Rolled Oats, Easy Oats and Porridge Oats but they are basically all the same type of product. They are partially cooked during the milling process and are ideal for making porridge, muesli, parkin and flapjack biscuits.

    Find out more about our Superfast Oats.

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    Oatmeal is made by stone grinding Pinhead Oatmeal. We make Coarse, Medium and Fine Oatmeal.

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    Organic Oats are made from oats specially grown to the established organic standards laid down by the UK Register of Organic Food Standards, by which the crops rely for their purity on the goodness of the soil, enriched only by natural means.

    The Organic Oat products we produce include: Organic Oats 750g.

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  • Pinhead Oatmeal

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  • Jumbo Oats

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  • Superfast Oats

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  • Oatmeal

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Getting up Close

The Oat

The Oat: with Caryopsis & hull or husk comprising palea

Single Oat: with non-flowering glumes

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