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Sorghum

Sorghum

Sorghum is a grain that is widely found in Africa. It was most likely introduced to the USA when it was brought over on slave ships. Sorghum has a slightly sweet and nutty taste.

Currently, sorghum is most often used to feed animals or is turned into ethanol. Previously, sorghum was a popular sweetener, particularly in the south.

Sorghum ranks fifth as the most important cereal crop in the world.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Store in a cool, dry space in an airtight container.

If stored properly, sorghum will keep for several years.

Clever Uses

In Africa, leather is sometimes dyed red with the help of red varieties of sorghum.

The pet food industry uses sorghum in pet food because of its low glycemic index; this helps reduce your furry companion’s risk of developing diabetes.

Sorghum is used all around the world in building materials such as fencing.

Food Science

Sorghum is mainly used to create syrup, alcoholic beverages and biofuels; of the 30 different species of this grain, only one type is harvested for human consumption.

If you need to use wheat flour in your next recipe, you can easily replace it with sorghum flour. It is a healthier gluten-free option with a neutral flavor and is light in color. No-one will suspect the swap out!

Cooking Tips

In the USA, sorghum is most popular as a syrup for sweetening. However, in recent years, ground sorghum has become a popular gluten-free flour.

Sorghum can be popped, just like popcorn. It can also be used as a base for a grain bowl.

Health Benefits

This grain has powerful antioxidants which can help prevent cancer. Sorghum also has high levels of dietary fiber which promote a healthy digestive system.

Sorghum also significant levels of copper, potassium, iron and magnesium.

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