What is sorghum?
For many sorghum is a new food, however it’s been an ancient grain native to Africa for many thousands of years. Today, sorghum is grown and used worldwide and is Australia’s third largest crop.
Sorghum can add a delicious nutty flavour and texture to your breakfasts, salads, or meals. Try starting your day with a sorghum-containing breakfast cereal or cook sorghum grains into a warm creamy porridge.
Sorghum can be cooked like rice, popped into popped sorghum (it looks like popped corn but smaller), and sorghum flour can be made into sorghum flat bread or tortillas.
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How to cook sorghum
Sorghum grain can be prepared just like rice, barley, quinoa or other wholegrains. You can cook it in a rice cooker, slow-cooker or on your stovetop. Cooked sorghum grains can be easily stored in a sealed container in your fridge or freezer to reheat and reuse later.
Where to buy sorghum
Sorghum cereal biscuits, sorghum grains and sorghum flour are becoming more available in local supermarkets across Australia and New Zealand, especially in the breakfast or health food isles. But if you’re struggling to find it, try buying your sorghum from health food stores or an African or South African food store.
Reasons to try sorghum
1. Wholegrain goodness
Sorghum is a quality wholegrain, providing important nutrients including protein, dietary fibre and a range of minerals and vitamins.
2. It’s gluten free
Sorghum is gluten free and provides a fantastic option for those with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivities.
3. Low GI
It keeps you fuller for longer and helps with blood glucose control and weight loss.
4. Low in saturated fat
It helps to keep your cholesterol low and reduce your risk of heart disease.
For a healthy gut and reduced constipation.
6. Packed with nutrients
These include B vitamins, iron and zinc.
7. Antioxidants and phytochemicals
They’re rich in phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and tannins, which can help to protect your body from chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
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Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council. Sorghum. [Internet] 2016 [cited 2016 June 29]; available from: http://www.glnc.org.au/grains/types-of-grains/sorghum/