The Wonders of Black Sorghum Grain: Health Benefits, Recipes, And More!

 A plant stalk of black sorghum

Our black sorghum tastes GREAT and is an incredibly nutritious grain with many health benefits: 

  • Organic and CLEAN !
  • Non GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Easy to digest
  • No hulls
  • Lower glycemic index
  • 4.6 times more antioxidants than blueberries !
  • NO lectins 
  • May lower cholesterol

 Sorghum grain

Preparing Your Sorghum Grain: 

Like other grains, sorghum can be used for a wide variety of culinary purposes. Here's how to prepare your grain for cereal, salad garnishing, pilaf, stir-fry, and similar dishes!

Start by washing the grain and filtering out anything that is not sorghum. Our sorghum grain is organic, and as a result, there may occasionally be small pieces of sorghum plant stem or other debris. 

Then, fill a pressure cooker with a 3-to-1 ratio of water to sorghum grain. The exact amount of sorghum doesn't matter; just make sure you do not overfill your pressure cooker! Cook the grain for about an hour and 15 minutes, quick release the pressure cooker, then strain out the excess water and add it to your dish!

Alternatively, you can also add the sorghum grain to a pot of boiling water (with the same 3-to-1 water to sorghum ratio) and let it simmer on medium heat for about an hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. After this process, strain out the excess water and add it to your dish!

Enjoy!

 

How To Grow Black Sorghum Grain: 

IMPORTANT: Sorghum grain sprouts produce cyanide, similar to cherries, peaches, and apples. Trace amounts will not hurt you, but we do not recommend eating the sprouts!

You can sprout black sorghum by sowing seeds in full sunlight after the last frost and when temperatures have warmed to 55–80°F. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1–2 inches apart in rows that are 2 feet apart. Sorghum seeds will sprout in about 1-2 weeks, depending on soil temperature, moisture, planting depth, and seed vigor. Cool and wet soil conditions can delay emergence and subject seeds and seedlings to soil-borne diseases.

 

Here are some tips for growing sorghum:

  • Prepare the soil similar to how you would prepare it for corn. Before you plant it, mix a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil.
  • Plant it on the edges of the garden if you have a small space, as it can grow very tall and shade out other crops.
  • Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 8 inches apart.
  • Plant in clumps of four seeds per hole, with holes 18–24 inches apart.

Four seeds should yield about three uniform stalks and heads.

Sorghum is self-fertile, so a large plot is not needed for pollination purposes. The plant grows quickly, sending up green fibrous stalks. Once the stalk has reached its mature height of 2–5 ft, tight clusters of yellow, orange, or red flowers form on the ends of the stalks. These flowers are pollinated and turn into the sorghum seed that we eat.

References (see for more information): 

https://www.restorationseeds.com/products/black-seeded-sorghum

https://sowtrueseed.com/pages/planting-guide-and-seed-saving-notes-for-sorghum#:~:text=Sorghum%20should%20be%20direct%20seeded,mature%20plants%20are%208%22%20apart.

https://www.cropscience.bayer.us/articles/bayer/sorghum-growth-stages#:~:text=Emergence%20may%20occur%20between%20three,seedlings%20to%20soil%2Dborne%20diseases.

 

User Generated Content: 

Sorghum Stuffed Zucchini Boats by @wesoytasty: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5WVUg4v4SW/

 

 

 

 SORGHUM SALAD & JALAPEÑO PESTO by @tatytable https://www.instagram.com/p/C6wudhAyMEI/

 

 

 

How To Make Sorghum Flour: 

You can make sorghum flour by using a grain mill or even certain types of coffee mills. Click here to learn more about sorghum flour and our sorghum flour products!