Close up of white sorghum in the field ready to harvest.

Fun Facts About Sorghum

Since most people don’t know anything about sorghum, I thought I would share a few interesting facts I have discovered about this tasty grain:

  • The sorghum plant is related to is related to sugar cane and Johnson grass.
  • Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal crop grown in the world.
  • Broomcorn is a variety of sorghum introduced to the U.S. in 1757 by Ben Franklin for – you guessed it – making brooms.
  • Some starches used for adhesives and paper making are derived from sorghum.
  • In Africa, leather is sometimes dyed red with the help of red varieties of sorghum.
  • One-third of U.S. sorghum production is used for ethanol. Because sorghum can usually be grown with much less fertilizer and irrigation than corn, the net fuel produced is far greater than corn ethanol.
  • You can pop sorghum. It’s just like popcorn, only slightly smaller.
  • The top five sorghum-producing states are: 1. Kansas; 2. Texas; 3. Louisiana; 4. Arkansas; 5. South Dakota

 

Red sorghum being harvested.

Red sorghum being harvested.

 

  • The earliest known record of sorghum comes from an archeological dig at Nabta Playa, near the Egyptian-Sudanese border and had been dated at 8,000 B.C.
  • The pet food industry uses sorghum because of its low glycemic index, which helps it to control diabetes in companion animals.
  • Around the world, sorghum is used for building materials like fencing, a plywood-like product and as a binder in wallboard.
  • The United States is the largest producer of sorghum.

Here’s a nice little video about sorghum I found at Sorghum Checkoff. They talk about some of the other uses for sorghum besides gluten-free foods and there are lots of nice shots of pretty sorghum in the field!

 

 

Photos sorghum in field and sorghum harvest from Sorghum Checkoff.

 

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Milo says….

I took my rawhide bone outside and hid it under some leaves. No one will find it there, not even those nasty CATS! I better go check to see if it’s ok. I LOVE my rawhide bone almost as much as cookies!

 

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