Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sweet Sorghum: an alternative energy and food fuel?

Last year, a strange cornstalk-looking plant appeared in our backyard. The birds and squirrels were eating the soft grains from this plant daily. This plant turned out to be Sorghum, a possible energy alternative and a highly nutritious grain. Sorghum is gluten-free, high in antioxidants, is a great substitute for wheat flour, is drought-tolerant and can be grown easily in the desert.

Because the protein and starch in this grain is more slowly digested than other cereals, it is particularly beneficial for diabetics. The antioxidants offer high levels of tannins and phenols which are linked to cancer prevention and cardiovascular performance. There are so many benefits of sorghum too numerous to mention here.

I think it's time to explore this new (to me), exciting plant. And to think the seeds blew into my yard or were transplanted by bird droppings.

Nature talks to us...if we listen and observe.

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