Oatmeal is made from the kiln-dried grain from which the husks have been removed; and the form of the food is the well-known "porridge."
They contain, in loo parts without husks, nitrogenous substances 22.7, fat 3.76, starch 63.18, mineral matters 2.6 parts, with water (Forbes Watson, quoted in Parkes's Hygiene).
The enlarged spiny scales scattered over the back look as if it were sprinkled with the dried husks of seeds.
For this use the fruits are annually gathered between the months of August and November, before they are quite ripe, and deprived of their husks.
The haulm and husks are either used for litter or burned, and the ashes spread upon the land.