With the current trend toward gluten free diets, mighty millet is getting a lot of press these days. Millet is a gluten-free whole grain that is high in protein, fiber, B-vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. It cooks up in about 20 minutes and works nicely in both sweet and savory dishes. As an added bonus, it is easily digested by most everybody – even those prone to food allergies and intolerances.
Millet is an ancient grain, originating in Africa. Today, more than 90% of the nation’s organic millet is grown right here in Colorado. Due to its semi-arid climate, Colorado’s Eastern Plains are ideally suited for growing millet as it rarely requires irrigation.
Because of its versatility, many local restaurants, such as Denver’s Watercourse Foods and Boulder’s Black Cat Farm Table Bistro, are offering millet on their menus. At home, try millet in place of oatmeal for breakfast, or in place of bulgur or couscous in salads or side dishes. Eating millet is a great way to reap amazing health benefits, while supporting local farmers. Enjoy!
Until next time, make every bite count!