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Avena nuda - L.
                 
Common Name Naked Oat
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry wasteland, cultivated ground and meadows, especially on heavier soils[200].
Range S. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Avena nuda Naked Oat


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Avena nuda Naked Oat
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Physical Characteristics
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Avena nuda is a ANNUAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Seed - cooked[2, 22, 46, 61, 171, 177]. 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 hull is incompletely attached to the grain, yielding a naked seed easily upon threshing[183]. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fibre;  Mulch;  Paper;  Thatching.

The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching[171]. Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm.
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. Prefers a poor dry soil[134]. The naked oat is occasionally cultivated for its edible seed which is easily separated from the husk by threshing[183]. It is therefore suitable for cultivation on a small scale, though its yields are lower than conventional oat species[183]. There are some named varieties[183]. 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.
Propagation
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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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Avena abyssinicaAbyssinian Oat20
Avena barbataSlender Oat20
Avena brevis 20
Avena byzantinaRed Oat20
Avena fatuaWild Oats21
Avena ludovicianaOats20
Avena nudibrevis 20
Avena orientalisHungarian Oat31
Avena sativaOats, Common oat33
Avena sterilisSterile Oats, Animated oat30
Avena strigosaBristle Oats, Black oats20
Avena wiestii 20
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Elizabeth H.
james hobbs Sat Feb 3 2007
it is a very good and imformative page,and i personly think naked oats aro tasty and filing food to eat
Elizabeth H.
Donald Tue Sep 23 2008
How is this used as a coffee substitute? Does anyone use it as such? Could you post the method? thanks
Elizabeth H.
Caroline Thu Jan 1 2009
Does anyone know where you can buy the seed for this? (Other than realseeds.co.uk, who don't have any this year). Thanks.
Elizabeth H.
Chickadee Laverne Sat Mar 7 2009
Fedco carries the seed (www.fedcoseeds.com)

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Elizabeth H.
James B. Wooley Jr Fri Apr 10 2009
Does anyone know where to point me to farm level growers or principal first level processor/distributors of Naked Oats?. Any help would be appreciated--Thanks.
Elizabeth H.
Will Coleman Wed Apr 22 2009
Here in Cornwall the naked oat was known as 'pillas' and is widely attested to in old folklore collections, placenames etc. We would like to have a go at reintroducing, growing (and milling)what was once a staple. So, same question as James, above, who is currently doing it? Thanks
Elizabeth H.
Kathy Ismond Thu Oct 15 2009
I just saw a farmer from Manitoba on TV who is growing avena nuda. He was on Dragons' Den trying for investors in his product. The owner of Boston Pizza agreed to invest with him.
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