Oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats.
They are also commonly used to feed livestock, making up around 20% of the daily intake for horses and are regularly fed to cattle and chickens.
Oats are also used in some of the lower end brands of dog food.
Derivations of the oatcake are found in many a rural community around the globe.
And each county, region or country where they are found claim that theirs are the ‘real thing’
Pinhead oats are considered by those in the know as an essential ingredient for oatcakes and are sometimes referred to as coarse oatmeal or steel cut oats.
Rolled oats can also be made by putting pinhead oats through a similar process. Rolled oats cook more quickly than standard oats and make a finer, smoother porridge.
Oatmeal looks like a coarse-ground flour. It is available in a number of grades from the coarsest which is also known as pinhead to superfine.
With current tends towards a healthier lifestyle, oats are being used ever more widely in ‘between-meal snacks’ as a viable alternative to sugar heavy chocolate and sweets.
It is also used in conjunction with other cereals to produce wholemeal flour used in the production of wholemeal bread.