11 Common Types of Grains Worth Knowing
We all know grains make up one of the primary food groups—food pyramid, anyone?—but it's less well-known that different types of grains offer different health benefits, flavors, and textures. There are certainly plenty of healthy grains out there with many nutritional benefits, but knowing many types of grains—even if they're not all the healthiest—can help you add variety to your go-to dishes.
Beyond your standard, beyond-popular types of grains—think wheat, white rice, and cornmeal—there are dozens of other grains that serve as great bases for meats, vegetables, sauces, and more. (Some of these grains even offer protein, and some are gluten-free.) Whole grains are great—especially in a whole grain bread—but many grains can be enjoyed whole, cracked, or ground.
If you're ready to expand your grain knowledge, check out our guide to buying, cooking, and using different (but still common) types of grains. Our handy chart, below, showcases 11 common types of grains, and you can read on for more info (and bigger pictures) of all these grains. Who knows—you might just find a new-to-you grain that changes your dinner menu rotation for good.