Oats (Avena sativa L.) originate from wild red oats, which come from Asia. Oats originally grew as a weed between the cultivated grain varieties. Evidence of oat cultivation in Europe, dating back to the year 1000 BC, shows that oats were mainly used for animal feed. Oats later became a basic foodstuff for humans in colder climate zones – Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland. Oat fields are prepared for sowing in autumn and the earth only has to be loosened in spring. Oats are sown timeously for better soil humidity and in order to retain the oat kernels.
The most suitable type of oat for a location depends on the climate and the condition of the soil. Oats require a moist, cool climate with a lot of rain and sunshine during the growing period and alot of light and long days during the ripening period. The oats used to produce Oatwell® come from Scandinavia where the optimal conditions for its ripening are found. It is the combination of a high quality type of oat, due to the northern climate, and a special preparation technique which produces the required high beta-glucan content of the Oatwell® oats.
More than 100 scientific studies have proven the positive effects of oat beta-glucan.