Barley, wheat, oats, rye, triticale, wild rice—these are ALL members of the grass family grown for their edible starchy seeds. Wait…why would anyone want starchy seeds, you ask? Good question!
Well, they’re perfect for making some of my favourite food products—like breakfast cereals, or oats for oatmeal, wheat for pasta, and rye for flour. But did you know that only a small percentage of grain crops are used to make byproducts?
Large quantities of barley, corn and rye—especially in Alberta—are grown for livestock feed. Yep, those cartoon images of pigs eating barley aren’t actually a joke.
According to my grandpa, most grain crops do well in Alberta, because they’re resilient against the elements, like a cold snap, or drought.
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