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Domestic grain: this is how the different types differ

Grains have been one of our staple foods for thousands of years. But not all grains are the same. We explain to you how the types of grain differ and what wheat and co. Are used for.

Grain is a group of grass plants whose fruits - the grains - are processed into numerous products such as bread, muesli, but also into animal feed. When people gave up their nomadic life and settled down about 10,000 years ago, they began to farm and grow grain. Today there are a large number of types of grain, with which a distinction is often made between summer and winter grain. Summer cereals are sown in spring, usually from March, and can be harvested from July. Winter cereals, on the other hand, are sown in autumn. It needs the frost period in winter before it begins to ripen in spring and is then harvested around July.

Wheat, rye, barley, oats - these are the differences

wheat grows to a height of 0.5 to 1 meter. The stalks are rounded and have no or only very short awns (this is how the long tips on the ears are called). Wheat is mainly processed into flour and then into baked goods such as bread or cakes. But pasta, semolina, wheat beer and starch are also made from wheat. Incidentally, the types of wheat also include spelled, emmer and einkorn.

rye grows up to 2 meters high and thrives even in colder temperatures or on nutrient-poor soils. Rye is often confused with barley, but its awns are shorter, the ears are softer and have an elongated shape. It is used as a bread grain for rye or mixed breads. The grain is also used to make alcohol, for example vodka.

barley is one of the oldest types of grain in the world and reaches a height of 0.7 to 1.2 meters. The awns are up to 15 centimeters long. Barley is mainly used as animal feed or processed into malt, which is then used to make beer and whiskey. The grain is hardly used for baking bread because it cannot be baked on its own. Barley flakes can also be found in mueslis and patties.

oats likes a damp, cool climate and grows to 0.5 to 1.5 meters tall. In contrast to other types of grain, oats do not form ears with awns, but panicles. These have a bell-like shape and enclose the grains. The grain is, inter alia. used as animal feed. We humans enjoy oatmeal in our mueslis. The grain can also be processed into a vegan milk substitute - oat milk.

Organic bread from K&U

In the K&U bakery branches in your EDEKA store, you can get various organic breads from certified organic production. The flour is sourced exclusively from mills in the region and obtained from grain that is grown sustainably and in harmony with nature according to the guidelines of Bioland.

#zukunftleben: from grain to bread

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