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Oat History

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History of Oats

Oat history begins with the history of wild oats which have been considered a weed for as long as man has cultivated grain. The mutated and domesticated form of oat that we know and love, today, has only been cultivated for about 2,000 years (young for a grain).

It got its start in Europe and Asia Minor, and was probably used primarily to feed livestock. Eventually it gained favor as food for humans and became popular in both Ireland and Scotland.

Finally, it made its way to America where George Washington was reported to have planted 580 acres of his own land with oats (a strange choice at the time). Today, the vast majority of oats are grown in North America and Europe.

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