To most people, millet is considered “bird food” because of its high prevalence in birdseed blends. Millet is actually a very nutritious whole grain perfect for human consumption that’s been kicking around for the last 10,000 years. Millet is a staple in diets all over Asia and Africa and was one of the five sacred crops revered in China. These days, millet is making waves for being a nutritious, gluten free whole grain. It helps that millet tastes great and is easy to cook, as well. It’s one of my personal favorites from our line and I am happy to share more about this grain with you today.
What is Millet? Pick up a bag of birdseed and you’ll see very small, round, tan grains. These are millet. Similar in size to quinoa, millet is an incredibly versatile whole grain. It’s naturally gluten free and cooks in just 20 minutes. It has a mild, pleasant flavor and, unlike many whole grains, has a soft texture. Millet is closer in texture to white rice or couscous when cooked, as opposed to some whole grains that have a real chewiness to them.
What variety of Millet does Bob’s Red Mill offer? We offer the Proso variety of yellow/tan millet.
What makes Millet so nutritious? Beyond offering a healthy punch of protein (7 grams per serving) and fiber (9 grams per serving), millet is an alkaline grain. This is unusual for a whole grain, but has the benefit of making millet easy to digest and helps balance the body’s natural tendency towards acidity. I’m not going to spend this post talking about the importance of balancing the pH in our bodies or the crazy onslaught of highly acidic foods we ingest daily, but suffice to say, millet helps balance us out. Who couldn’t use a little more balance in their lives?
Is Millet gluten free? Yes, millet is naturally gluten free. Bob’s Red Mill millet is produced in our dedicated gluten free facility and batch tested for gluten using the R5 Gluten Assay.
Is Bob’s Red Mill Millet organic? No, our millet is not certified organic.
Is Millet whole grain? Yes, our millet is whole grain.
How do you use millet? Millet can be cooked as a stand alone grain, used in salads, soups, breads and mashed like potatoes. Its mild flavor makes it incredibly versatile.
Our favorite recipes using millet:
- How to Cook Perfect Millet Every Time from The Kitchn
- Sweet Millet Congee (pictured above)
- Millet Stir Fry
- Millet Fritters with Feta, Spinach and Golden Raisins from Gluten Free Girl
- Grilled Millet and Butternut Squash Cakes
- Spinach and Millet Arancini
- Millet Spring Roll Salad (pictured above)
- Millet and Fruit Pudding
- Ezekiel Bread
- Millet Burgers with Olives, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pecorino from Grain Mains
- Mediterranean Millet Salad
- Spiced and Herbed Millet from New York Times
- Magnifique Millet with Spring Vegetables from Rebecca Leffler