Posted on Jun 24, 2016
Sorghum has recently been making its mark on the nutrition world, and for good reason. Sorghum is the smart choice! It’s commonly eaten with the hull (the outer layer of the grain), which retains the majority of the nutrients, making sorghum a nutrient-dense food. Plus, sorghum is non-GMO. The taste of sorghum is neutral, allowing it to absorb the flavors and spices within your recipe, which makes it the perfect versatile option to pair with almost anything you enjoy. Due to it’s high nutrient content and gluten-free properties, sorghum is also being added to many prepared and packaged foods. Plus, sorghum is water efficient and eco-friendly!
There are two types of sorghum grain primarily enjoyed in the U.S.— whole grain sorghum and pearled grain sorghum. Each type boasts its own nutrition content and is gluten free. Whole grain sorghum is naturally high in fiber, iron and protein as well as rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Whole grain sorghum contains approximately 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per 3/4 cup serving (cooked). Pearled grain sorghum has been through a milling process to remove the hull. Pearled sorghum’s nutrients vary from whole grain sorghum in the fact that there are approximately 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 3/4 cup serving (cooked).
Not only is sorghum a nutritionally dense grain, it is also extremely versatile in the kitchen! Sorghum’s neutral, sometimes sweet flavor makes it easily adaptable in a variety of dishes. You can substitute whole grain sorghum for brown rice or other whole grains, or white pearled sorghum for white rice or pasta. Both can be added to salads, soups, stews, breakfast cereal, porridge and many of your favorite dishes. In addition, grain sorghum can be ground into flour for baked goods. It is an ideal, gluten-free option for baked food products including breads, muffins, cookies and more.
Great news! Sorghum can be an answer globally to our limited water resources. Sorghum can use up to one-third less water than comparable crops and can grow efficiently in drought and flooded conditions, which makes it good for you and the environment.
Wondering how to use sorghum in your own kitchen? Try this Escarole, Bean and Sorghum Soup! This recipe is perfect for any time of the year and will keep you and your family happy and healthy.