What is a kernel?

Ag Zone, Science for Youth November 26, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF
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Kernels are the seeds of cereal grasses. We call the kernels "grain". The kernels are located at the top of the plant. This area is known as the head of the stalk.  We eat the kernel of foods such as corn, wheat, oats, and sorghum. These foods are referred to as cereal grains.  When someone says "whole grain" what they mean is that the kernel is still intact, ground, or cracked. 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.