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Seed - cooked. The seed ripens in the latter half of summer and, when harvested and dried, can store for several years. It has a floury texture and a mild, somewhat creamy flavour. It can be used as a staple food crop in either savoury or sweet dishes. The seed can be cooked whole, though it is more commonly ground into a flour and used as a cereal in all the ways that oats are used, especially as a porridge but also to make biscuits, sourdough bread etc. The seed can also be sprouted and eaten raw or cooked in salads, stews etc. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.
The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching. Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Avena strigosa.
Seed - sow in situ in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
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Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun. Prefers a poor dry soil. Occasionally cultivated for its edible seed, especially in wetter and cooler climates such as Wales, Scotland and Ireland, it is lower yielding than A. sativa and considered to be no more than a weed in many areas. The smallness of its grain renders it unfit for cultivation in any but poor mountainous soils. It could, however, be of value in any breeding programme for the cultivated oats. Oats are in general easily grown plants but, especially when grown on a small scale, the seed is often completely eaten out by birds. Some sort of netting seems to be the best answer on a garden scale.
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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