Naked Oats

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At Adagio Acres, we believe that the greatest innovations in agriculture often come from the past, where our ancestors carefully selected the seeds that would provide for their families and communities in the years to come.  So it’s no surprise that when we talk about sustainability, organic land management, and carbon emission reductions, some of the best solutions are waiting to be dug out of the historical plant archives and put into practice.  For thousands of years, naked oats were a grain of choice for farmers in Asia and Europe because they can be rolled or ground into flour with minimal processing, yielding a nutritious and flavourful food with a variety of uses.

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Conventional hulled oats are encased in an inedible hull, which makes them a favoured choice for industrial agriculture which values durability of transport and long storage over nutrition and taste.  These hulled oats require heat processing to stabilize the enzymes which are activated in the dehulling process.  Naked, less creatively called ‘hulless oats’, lose their hulls in the field, returning nutrients directly to the soil.  They can then be rolled without any industrial heat treatment, bringing you a time-honoured product that is raw, unprocessed, and naturally tasty!  Although oats are already considered a superfood because of their ability to lower cholesterol and contribute to a healthy heart, naked oats are even more super: a serving of naked oats provides 9g of protein compared with 7g in conventional oats, and they also have higher levels of fibre and iron!  If you’re looking for some porridge ideas to spice up your morning, our porridge recipe/suggestions are here.

 

A close neighbour was out feeding the cows one cold spring morning, and nearly fell off his tractor seat when he heard our oats mentioned on the radio.  Here’s what Charles Adler of CJOB Radio has to say about our naked oats:

 

 

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Storage Recommendations:

Because our Naked Oats are not heat treated in the milling process, they are somewhat more sensitive to moisture in storage.  Under certain conditions (high moisture levels and no air barrier in storage), a bitter flavour can develop, and to ensure that our customers have the freshest and highest quality product possible, we recommend using our product within 9 months of milling (this date is printed on the bottom of each package), or within 1-2 months of opening the package.  However, these dates are just guidelines.  If a package has been sealed and kept dry, they will remain fresh and tasty much longer than this!

 

Our Thanks:

We gratefully acknowledge the funding provided by the Growing Value – Commercialization Program under Growing Forward II.  So much of our growth over the past year has been made possible by their generous support!

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