Grain Characteristics

The harvested grain of some cereals (wheat, maize, rye, sorghum, and some millets) comprises, botani-cally, a caryopsis. In other cereals (barley, oats, rice, and some millets) the harvested grain generally includes a hull (or husk) that encloses the caryopsis. The hull is tough and very high in fiber. It is unsuitable for human nutrition and is removed in primary

Table 1 World production of cereals 2000; figures are in thousands of tonnes
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