فتاة تتأمل القمح في حقل للقمح

    How to grow grain

    Children are curious, so when they ask “How is my cereal made? How does it grow?” You could tell them cereal comes from grains and show them how to grow their own. Okay, it may take a little time, but it will be a lot of fun. You don't even need a big garden - just some soil in a large pot will do. Follow our Step by step guide and they’ll be little farmers in no time!

    Seeds made Simple!

    Wheat seeds are often available at garden centers and DIY shops or online. Check that the seeds are the right ones for the time of year you're planting:

    • Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested from mid-May.
    • Spring wheat is planted in the spring and harvested in the fall.

    Both spring and winter wheat are divided into:

    • Soft wheat, which has a low gluten content and is used for pastries and crackers.
    • Hard wheat which is high in gluten and used for bread, and durum wheat which is used for pasta.

    The type that's best for you will depend on where you live. It's worth asking for advice from the garden centre when you buy your seeds.

     

    كوبان تنمو فيهما البذور

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    صورة لدلو به حبوب

    Lots of whole grains

    واحد بوشيل (أحد المكاييل) من القمح يحتوي على نحو مليون لب من الحبوب الكاملة.

    صورة لجمجمة من القمح

    Competition is fierce for whole grains

    Amaranth is a very important whole grain for the Aztec peoples. So when the Spaniards conquered them, Cortez, the Spanish general, tried to eliminate them by preventing them from his sowing - and whoever was caught sowing was killed!

    1. It’s all about timing.

    Wheat should be planted in the spring or the fall. Timing is important, so it’s a good idea to make a note on your calendar of when you need to start planting your seeds.

    2. Prepare the soil

    You'll need some good rich soil, so it's best to dig in some compost. Make sure the ground is fairly even - you can use a rake and a spade to do this. Most children love digging and raking – so sit back and let them play!

    صورة لطفل يردم التربة بينما تراقبه أمه

    3. Start planting

    Sprinkle the seeds over the soil - you will need 85 g for every 10 square meters. It’s best to help your child do this – just in case you get wheat in your flower beds!

    4. Rake it out

    Rake over the soil to cover the seeds. Help your child out with this job because it needs a gentle touch.

    صورة لأم وابنها ينثران البذور على التربة

    5. Scare the crows!

    You probably won’t need a scarecrow – but if you’re planting outside you’ll need to cover the seeds to protect them from birds.

    6. Just add water

    Make sure the seeds get enough water - if it doesn't rain, water them once a day. (Why not get your child their own little watering can?) If you go away, why not ask a neighbor to water your crop? You can pick up an inexpensive and easy to use kit from your local DIY shop or garden center.

    شكل توضيحي لصبي يروي النباتات بينما تراقبه أمه

    7. See how they grow!

    Be patient, and before long you'll see the first green shoots. After a few months, the color of the stalks will turn from green to yellow or brown. Then the heads will become heavy with grain and start to bend forward. So now you have your own crop of golden wheat, what are you going to do with it? Well, you could harvest it and make your own wheat flour. Alternatively, you could sit back and admire your beautiful golden wheat – it really does look fantastic and is an unusual addition to your garden or outside area.

    صورة لأم وابنها يتأملان النبتة الصغيرة
    منظر علوي لصحن به رقائق الفطور- ملعقة ووجه مبتسم من الرقائق

    How to make cereals - in four simple steps!

    Have you ever wonder how breakfast cereals are made? -the way we bake is not a whole lot different from the way you bake! Find out more here

    Read moreHow to make cereals - in four simple steps!

    Footnotes

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      We've tried to answer as many of your questions as possible. You can search them all here:

      How can I find foods made with whole grain?

      Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

      Which Nestlé cereals are made with whole grain?

      All Nestlé breakfast cereals carrying the green banner are made with whole grain; this is our Whole Grain Guarantee. They are made with at least 8g or more of whole grain per 30g serving. There are ingredient lists on all packs, showing the exact amount. By end of 2015, we’re committed to making whole grain the main ingredient in all Nestlé cereals popular with children.

      What should be in a complete breakfast?

      A complete breakfast should include a balance of nutrients from each of the major food groups.