Some Interesting Information About Sorghum

In the TV series The Walking Dead, sorghum is mentioned as a crop that is essential to human survival in the post-apocalyptic setting of the show. Depending on where you live, you may not be familiar with this versatile grain. Not only is it easy to cultivate, it can be put to many different uses.

Sorghum is a grain, in the grass family, that is cultivated all over the world. In the U.S., sorghum is mainly grown on dry lands between South Dakota and southern Texas. Sorghum is an easy crop to grow because it is very efficient in converting sunlight and water to energy, and it is highly tolerant of both drought and heat.

One use of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is biofuel. One way sorghum makes biofuel is through burning its stalks and seeds as biomass energy. The sugar in sorghum can also be fermented to produce ethanol.

Sorghum is also used widely as livestock feed. It can be planted for grazing in a pasture, or its leaves and stems can be dried for hay or used as green chop. In the poultry, beef and pork industries, sorghum is commonly used as fodder.

Sorghum is also a nutritious grain. It contains 20% or more of the recommended daily value of several essential nutrients like protein, iron, manganese, B vitamins, niacin, and thiamin. One hundred grams of raw sorghum contains 329 calories. As a cheap and nutritious food, sorghum is a staple for many people in poor or rural areas.

Sorghum has a lot to offer as a food. Sweet sorghum produces a molasses-like syrup that can serve as an alternative to refined sugar. It is also a gluten-free alternative for baking both leavened and unleavened breads.

Hampton Creek, a food technology company that is committed to producing healthy foods through sustainable, eco-friendly methods, uses sorghum as an egg replacement in two of their product lines, Just Cookies and Just Cookie Dough. They found that sorghum works as a binding agent and sweetener, and it allows their cookie dough to be safely consumed right out of the container. Check their website for latest info from Hampton Creek.