True Cereals versus Pseudocereals

Grains are commonly called cereals. There are two types of grains: true cereals and pseudocereals. True cereals are mostly grasses, and pseudocereals are non-grasses but used in much the same way as cereals. 

Examples of True Cereals: 

  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Sorghum
  • Millet
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Teff
  • Spelt

Examples of Pseudocereals:

  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa / Kaniwa
  • Buckweat