Oat, also known as common oat, is a cereal that belong to the Poaceae family. The height of its plant reaches 5-12 dm and its inflorescences have the shape of a large and rich pyramidal panicle formed by several spikelets. Descendant of a wild oat spread from the Fertile Crescent to Europe, it was domesticated about 3.00/4.500 years ago; In what place? In the European continent where, thanks to climatic conditions favorable to the growth of oat, it soon became a very important cereal. The most cultivated species is called Avena sativa while the most infesting and difficult to eliminate is called Avena fatua.
Its nutritional characteristics? Rich in carbohydrates and fiber, and in calcium, magnesium and potassium, wholemeal oats is an excellent remineralizer; if consumed in the form of cereals it becomes an excellent source of Vitamin B1 and thiamin. However, its properties are not finished here, in fact, thanks to Vitamins B, C, E and avenin it promotes digestion, lowers cholesterol, helps fight stress and provides great benefits as regards our body's energy, thyroid and nervous system.