What Is Sorghum – Information About Sorghum Plants

By Amy Grant

Have you ever heard of sorghum plants? At one time, sorghum was an important crop and served as a sugar substitute for many people. What is sorghum and what other interesting sorghum grass information can we dig up? Let’s find out.

What is Sorghum?

If you grew up in the Midwestern or southern United States, you may already be familiar with sorghum plants. Maybe you’ve woken to your grandmother’s hot biscuits slathered with oleo and drenched in sorghum syrup. Okay, more likely a great-great grandmother routinely made biscuits with syrup from sorghum plants since the popularity of sorghum as a sugar substitute peaked in the 1880’s.

Sorghum is a coarse, upright grass used for grain and forage. Grain sorghum or broom sorghum is shorter, bred for higher grain yields and is also called “milo.” This annual grass needs little water and thrives during long, hot summers.

Sorghum grass seed has higher protein content than corn and is used as a principal feed ingredient for cattle and poultry. The grains are red and hard when ripe and ready for harvest. They are then dried and stored whole.

Sweet sorghum (Sorghum vulgare) is grown for the manufacture of syrup. Sweet sorghum is harvested for the stalks, not the grain, which is then crushed much like sugarcane to produce syrup. The juice from the crushed stalks is then cooked down to a concentrated sugar.

There is yet another type of sorghum. Broom corn is closely related to sweet sorghum. From a distance it looks like sweet corn in the field but it has no cobs, just a large tassel at the top. This tassel is used for, you guessed it, making brooms.

Some sorghum varieties only reach about 5 feet in height, but many sweet and broom corn plants can grow to over 8 feet.

Sorghum Grass Informatie

Geteeld in Egypte meer dan 4000 jaar geleden, groeiende sorghum graszaad gelederen als de nummer twee graangewas in Afrika, waar de productie van meer dan 20 miljoen ton per jaar, een derde van de wereld totaal.

Sorghum kan grond, gebarsten, stoom vlokken en / of geroosterd, gekookt zoals rijst, gemaakt in pap, gebakken in brood, dook als maïs en mout voor bier.

In de Verenigde Staten, wordt sorghum voornamelijk geteeld voor voedergewassen en voedergranen. Variëteiten van graan sorghum zijn onder meer:

Durra
Feterita
Kaffir
Kaoliang
Milo milo of maïs
Shallu
Sorghum kan ook worden gebruikt als cover oogst en groene mest, vervangingsmiddelen van bepaalde industriële processen die in het algemeen gebruikt graan en de stengels worden gebruikt als brandstof en weven materiaal.

Zeer weinig van de sorghum die wordt geteeld in de VS is zoete sorghum, maar op een bepaald moment was het een bloeiende industrie. Suiker was dierbaar in het midden van 1800, zodat mensen zich tot sorghum siroop om hun voedsel te zoeten. Echter, het maken van siroop van sorghum is zeer arbeidsintensief en is uit de gratie gevallen in plaats van andere gewassen, zoals maïs siroop.

Sorghum bevat ijzer, calcium en kalium. Voorafgaand aan de uitvinding van de dagelijkse vitaminen, arts voorgeschreven dagelijkse dosis sorghum siroop voor mensen die lijden aan ziekten gerelateerd aan tekortkomingen in deze voedingsstoffen.

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