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What's The POP on Porridge: What Should You Know about Porridge?

The entirety of this blog article will be released over the course of Veganuary (January) 2020 in preparation for the launch of our POP Porridge vegan meals on Saturday, 1st February.

We hope you find our what's the pop on porridge content a highly informative and enjoyable read. The data is primarily sourced and compiled from a range of websites where the origins of the information will be referenced where possible so you can trace the original content. However, we cannot guarantee the information presented in third party articles will always be accurate but we will do our best to cross check facts and figures because we believe it is important that we provide correct data especially in this age of alternative facts, in line with one of our core values - Trust and Integrity.

The information in this article and additional content will be available in our comprehensive 2020 Porridge e-book guide which will be available for download soon.

The POP acronym stands for Power of Personalised where we are launching tasty plant based porridge products containing ingredients that accommodate your taste preferences, allergens and intolerance requirements and nutrition needs.

Simply complete our online POP questionnaire to be matched with your prefect blend of POP Porridge, that you can order online from the store as a one off or subscription box purchase where you can pause and restart deliveries at any time. We are committed to providing nourishing meals that not only taste delicious but provide a myriad of health benefits for you. You no longer have to buy a variety of different ingredients to make your tasty porridge blend but rely on POP Porridge to deliver all the customised nutritious porridge ingredients that you need to make recipes for you, your family, friends and guests.

The topics that will be covered are:

1. The origin and history of porridge.
2. The different types of porridge.
3. How oats are grown, distributed and supplied to UK retail customers.
4. The health benefits of oats.
5. World Porridge Day and World Porridge Making Championships - 10th October 2020.
6. Porridge Grand Tour of Scotland.
7. The UK Porridge Market and Main UK porridge brands and retailers.
8. Porridge POP Culture: Porridge Appeal.
9. Popular Porridge recipes.

1. What is the history and origin of porridge

The word porridge is frequently used to describe a popular breakfast meal made from oats/oatmeal as the main cereal grain along with other ingredients such as salt, sugar, fruit, cream, spices and flavourings boiled in milk and water. Other grains used to create porridge include cornmeal/polenta, millet, barley, quinoa.

The most popularly cultivated oat species is Avena sativa. Oats are a widely used grain traded internationally, and predominantly used as animal feed, cosmetics and consumer food. The majority of the produced oats is used as animal feed (95% in the United States and 70% in Germany), while cosmetics constitute a small fraction of oats consumption.

Where are oats grown?

A Markets Insider article states the top ten oats producing countries are Russia, Canada, Poland, Finland, Australia, United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. The global production of oats in 2013 was 20.73 million metric tons. The output by the five major producers accounted for 51% of the global output. The United States, Germany and Mexico are the major consumers and importers of oats globally where the United States accounts for more than half of the market demand. In 2014-15, the countries of European Union emerged as the major consumers of oats, globally.

2. What are the different types of oats?

Whole oats, oat groats, steel-cut oats, rolled oats, instant oats and oat flour are consumed as food. Oats are available in a variety of forms, based on how they are processed. The following list shows the types of oats in order of least to most processing.  The least processed oats, like groats or steel-cut, generally take longer to digest so they have a lower glycemic index (lower rise in blood sugar levels) than rolled or instant oats.

  • Oat Groats: The whole oat kernels have been cleaned, with only the loose, inedible hulls removed. Groats contain the intact germ, endosperm, and bran.
    • Oat bran contains the most fibre in a groat.
  • Steel-Cut: Oat groats that have been cut into two or three smaller pieces either using a steel blade.
  • Scottish Oats: Oat groats that have been stone-ground into a meal, creating a porridge-like texture when cooked.
  • Rolled Oats: Oat groats that have been steamed, rolled and flattened into flakes, and then dried to remove moisture.
  • Quick or Instant: Oat groats that are steamed for a longer period and rolled into thinner pieces so that they can absorb water easily and cook quickly.

3.How are oats grown, distributed and supplied to us?

Here are some resources which cover the journey of how oats are grown to the how they are supplied to us.

  • Oat seeds require a certain soil condition and cultivation to grow. For instructions and how to grow oats visit this article here.
  • A timelapse oats germination video is available here
  • Hamlyn’s of Scotland – Oats Suppliers  - https://hamlynsoats.co.uk/about/oat-farming/ and https://hamlynsoats.co.uk/about/production/
  • A Tesco youtube video which shows how oats get from farm to fork, ready for your warm, tasty bowl of porridge.

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