Trivia / Interesting Facts:
- Millet was the main grain in China before rice.
- In North America and Europe, millet has been grown primarily for animal fodder, pasture grass and birdseed.
- The majority of the world’s commercial millet crop is produced by India, China and Nigeria.
- Millet grows in stalks 1 to 10 feet high, and ripens in 60 to 90 days.
- It will grow in relatively infertile areas, is drought resistant and matures in such a short time; great for growing in less agriculturally developed areas
- Millet ranks as the sixth most important grain in the world, sustains 1/3 of the world’s population and is a significant part of the diet in northern China, Japan, Manchuria and various areas of the former Soviet Union, Africa, India and Egypt.
- China, India and Niger are the world’s largest growers of millet today.
Millet Nutritional Information:
(for 1 cup cooked millet)
Carbohydrate (g) 57
Total fat (g) 2.4
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Saturated fat (g) 0.4
Sodium (mg) 5
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0.4
Thiamin (mg) 0.3
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1.2
Niacin (mg) 3.2
Dietary fiber (g) 3.1
Magnesium (mg) 106
Protein (g) 8
Zinc (mg) 2.2
Data from wholehealthmd.com
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