Template talk:Cereals

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This template seems to be alternating between Grains and Cereals - so maybe needs discussion before it gets changed again.

The list of plants in this template has always included the pseudocereals Amaranth, Buckwheat, Kañiwa, and Quinoa. These have "seeds" that are compact and rich in starch, with agronomic, storage and culinary properties close to those of cereal grains (hence the term pseudocereal). There seems to be agreement that this template is most useful if it includes cereals and pseudocereals.

However, there seems to be disagreement as to whether Grains or Cereals is the right term. For me (an agricultural botanist), a cereal is a grain in the grass family, Poaceae. However, I'll have to admit that my Concise Oxford Dictionary confuses the issue, being very definite that grains are in the grass family and cereals in or not, as the case might be.

However, within agronomy the use of the terms cereal and pseudocereal shows that specialists in this field consider cereals to be grasses.

My own feeling is that Cereals is an ambiguous term, evidently used in different ways by the public and by specialists, and that it would be better to use Grains. In general I'd like to see Wikipedia follow expert, correct use of terms.Mark Nesbitt 07:48, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

  • The related article is Cereal, not Grain. — Reinyday, 15:57, 22 August 2007 (UTC)