The History of Sorghum
The origin and early domestication of sorghum took place in northeastern Africa. The earliest known record of sorghum comes from an archeological dig at Nabta Playa, near the Egyptian-Sudanese border, dated 8,000 B.C.
Sorghum adapted to a wide range of environments throughout Africa, spreading from the highlands of Ethiopia to the semi-arid Sahel. The crop then spread to India and China and eventually worked its way into Australia.
In the U.S., the first known record of sorghum comes from Ben Franklin who wrote about its application in producing brooms in 1757. Over the centuries, sorghum has planted its roots in many U.S. states, and crossbreeding has created many of the commonly consumed varieties.
Today, thanks to American farmers, sorghum can be enjoyed in your favorite foods.