Discover: Millet

Millet is tasty, with a mildly sweet, nut-like flavour and contains a myriad of beneficial nutrients. Unfortunately, many people think Millet is just for birds!

It’s actually a delicious and ancient grain that harks back to biblical times.

Millet History

  • Chinese legend attributes the domestication of millet to Shennong – the God Farmer!
  • Millet was mentioned in the ancient sanskrit text the Yajurveda – meaning it was very common as far back as 4500 BC.
  • It is thought to have been historically more prevalent than rice in China and Korea.
  • In Africa, millet was thought to have been common as far back as 2500 BC.
  • Millet is mentioned in the bible as one of the ingredients in the prophet’s  bread (Ezekiel 4:9).

Millet Nutrition

  • Millet is nearly 15% protein and contains high amounts of fiber.
  • It’s high in B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, the essential amino acid methionine, lecithin, and some vitamin E.
  • It’s particularly high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
  • It helps hydrate your colon to keep you regular.
  • It provides serotonin so it calms and soothes your mood.
  • Millet is non-glutinous, and like buckwheat and quinoa, it is not an acid forming food so it’s soothing and easy to digest.
  • Millet is in fact considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available.
  • It is a warming grain so will help to heat the body in cold or rainy seasons and climates.

Millet Tips

Millet can make a simple and tasty breakfast – just cook 30g in water for a tasty porridge substitute.

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