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.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Avena brevis.
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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We have very little information on this species, but it should be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual in Britain, and might also succeed as an autumn-sown crop. A diploid species, it is of little commercial importance
but is locally cultivated in sandy fields in Europe for its edible seed
. It is often used in mountainous regions because the seed ripens quickly
. A parent of the cultivated species of oats
. Closely related to A. sativa, differing mainly in its small spikelets and plumper lemmas
. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun.
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
There are no interactions listed for Avena brevis. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Avena brevis.
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