Sorghum? Isn’t that what they make syrup from? Well, yes and no. Yes, they do make syrup/molasses from a variety of sorghum. That is not the same variety as the one we mill into flour and are now offering as a whole grain. Sorghum is a wonderfully chewy whole grain that is also known as milo or jowari in different parts of the world.
Sorghum originated in Africa thousands of years ago, and then spread through the Middle East and Asia via ancient trade routes, traveling to the Arabian Peninsula, India and China along the Silk Road. Today sorghum remains a staple food in India and Africa, yet it is still relatively unknown in many parts of the world.
This gluten free grain is an excellent source of dietary fiber and a wonderful way to include the health benefits of whole grains in a gluten free diet. Unlike some gluten free grains, the hearty, chewy texture of whole grain sorghum is very similar to wheat berries, making it an ideal addition to pilafs and cold salads. Replace the noodles or white rice in soups with sorghum for a more nutritious alternative. Sorghum has a relatively mild flavor, but adds a gentle earthiness to dishes.
Surprise and delight your friends and family by serving popped sorghum instead of popcorn at your next gathering. Sorghum is easy to pop in the microwave or on the stove top and makes a fun conversation piece for movie night.
Whether you pop it or eat it as a whole grain, sorghum has a wonderful nutritional profile and is a perfect addition to your diet. In the video below, Sarah shows you how to make perfectly cooked sorghum grain. We’ll show you how to make perfect popped sorghum next week, but if you just can’t stand it, check out the video here.