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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Developers say it's the next step in the evolution of oats. A Canadian farmer is also hoping his Cavena oats will be a better option when it comes to providing nourishment to those who need it most.Scott Sigvaldason says the oats taste like brown rice and they are a better option for impoverished countries needing to grow their own food."Using their fresh water resources, grow rice for exporting instead of drinking the fresh water, instead of drinking water out of their rivers that is polluted, often by the run-off of rice patties.He adds these oats are higher in fiber and protein, as well as a good source of iron and they're gluten-free too."It just grows on its own out in the bald prairies, it's also much less processing. We do have a lot of vegetarians actually using it as a meat replacement."This Article can be found here: http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/278689--canadian-farmer-hopes-new-oats-will-help-poor-countries
It took almost five years, but Scott Sigvaldason and Vern Burrows were destined to cross paths. For years Sigvaldason had been looking for a crop to grow on his farm, which ha been in his family for seven generations, and each generation had struggled to make a living growing food. "It's always been a problem for farmers, and certainly for us," says Sigvaldason.Before he retired in 1997, Burrows was a plant breeder for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and had bred 27 oat varieties during his career. Meanwhile, after working with oats since 2001, Sigvaldason was looking for new seed. After researching, phoning and e-mailing different leads, he was tipped off to a brand new oat variety, one of Burrows' creations that had been shelved.
I got to taste a wonderful new grain Cavena, naked oats. It is a healthy hulless oat which is gluten free and high in protein. As for the texture, it tastes like bulgur wheat and corn kernels because it has a chewy nutty flavour. It is a nice rice substitute, a little bit of this grain is very filling. It is a delicious addition to salads and soups. Cavena can also be added into breads and muffins as an oats substitute; toast, cool and grind before adding. Ground toasted Cavena mixed with breadcrumbs can be used for coating and frying i.e. fish. Here is the nutritional analysis an interesting chart.
When you believe in your product, and aren't afraid to fail, there's no telling what you can accomplish.When Scott Sigvaldason made his pitch on CBC-TV's Dragons' Den last October, 1.5 million Canadians were watching. For the Arborg, Man. farmer and entrepreneur, this was the opportunity of a lifetime. He was there to pitch the Dragons on an investment in cavena nuda - or naked oats- the hulless oat variety Sigvaldason has called the rice of the Prairies.
Manitoba farmer Scott Sigvaldason knew he was on to something big when his test crop of "naked oats" looked, cooked and tasted like rice. Here was a made-in-Canada grain that could catapult oats out of the breakfast cereal bowl and onto dinner plates. Here was a nutritious and versatile rice substitute that could be grown on the prairies without the need for flooding or irrigation. "It's so totally game-changing" says the 41-year-old Sigvaldason, still awestruck five years later.
The Manitoba farmers seeking to market hulless oats as a rice substitute have a pledge in hand for a $250,000 investment from the owner of Boston Pizza International.
Scott Sigvaldason, co-owner of Wedge Farms at Arborg, Man., promoted his product to a panel of Canadian venture capitalists in Wednesday night's episode of the CBC TV program Dragons' Den, where four of the five panelists passed on his offer of a 20 per cent stake in the company's "Rice of the Prairies" for $250,000.
Manitoba farmer Scott Sigvaldason knew he was on to something big when his test crop of “naked oats” looked, cooked and tasted like rice.
Here was a made-in-Canada grain that could catapult oats out of the breakfast cereal bowl and onto dinner plates. Here was a nutritious and versatile rice substitute that could be grown on the prairies without the need for flooding or irrigation.“It’s so totally game-changing,” says the 41-year-old Sigvaldason, still awestruck five years later.
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