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Fun Facts

  1. Clif Bar founder Gary Erickson chose rolled oats as one of the original ingredients in CLIF Bars. We still use rolled oats today in many of our bars — and now they’re all organic rolled oats!
  2. Starting in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia, oats have been cultivated for 2,000 years in various regions throughout the world.
  3. Oats first arrived in North America via Scottish settlers in the 17th century. As early as 1786, George Washington sowed 580 acres of oats.
  4. Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary defined oats as “A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.” The Scotsman’s retort to this was, “That’s why England has such good horses, and Scotland has such fine men!”
  5. Before being consumed as a food, oats were used for medicinal purposes for skin conditions and to treat tired and cold feet. In many parts of the world, these practices are still done.

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