It Has Begun…
Sorghum harvest has started! A few noticeable differences this year from our plant breeding program: yields improved, our white sorghum is brighter, and our burgundy is a deeper red than before. Organic yield is also improved over last year, due to plant breeding improvements. Now is the time to contract for organic and specialty varieties.
Black Sorghum is currently the subject of several research studies and a couple have received N.I.H. funding for human trials. High in phenolic compounds and 3-deoxyanthocyanidins (luteolinidin & apigeninidin), black sorghum may have a wide health impact including oxidative stress, protein glycation, inflammation, and cancer. A brief slice of research:
“Black sorghum bran signiﬁcantly diminished the increase in myeloperoxidase activity 24 hours following the application of TPA.No anti-inﬂammatory activity was observed with white and Mycogen sorghum bran varieties or with oat, wheat, or rice brans in the mouse ear model. The anti-inﬂamatory activity observed with these brans correlated with their phenolic content and antioxidant activity. These results demonstrate that selectsorghum bran varieties possess signiﬁcant anti-inﬂammatory activity.”
“Black sorghum brans were a very good source of anthocyanins (4.0–9.8 mg/g) relative to the commercial sources currently available (0.2–10 mg/g) (Table 4). This coupled with the fact that they possess mostly the relatively stable 3-deoxyanthocyanidins gives them an edge over the fruits and vegetables as a source of natural anthocyanins.
From abstract: “Although one high phenolic sorghum bran variety (sumac) inhibited protein glycation by approximately 60%, it produced only a 20% decrease in methylglyoxal mediated albumin glycation. These results suggest that certain varieties of sorghum bran may affect critical biological processes that are important in diabetes and insulin resistance. These results distinguish select sorghum brans from the common food brans and suggest a nutraceutical rationale for its human consumption.”
Researchers are available to chat with your team.
Importance of Vertical Integration
“Each and every member of the food industry, from farm to fork, must create a culture where food safety is paramount” —Bill Marler, Food Safety Attorney
Cheerios, Bluebell, Spinach, Peanut Butter. Everyday seems like a new recall. Reducing recall risk is now the focus of boardrooms across the country. In today’s current litigation climate, it’s important for all product development decision makers to think: how do we reduce unnecessary recall risk?
Regardless of safety procedures, brands are only as strong as their suppliers’ commitment to safety. Many companies are now realizing, in order to reduce risk, food safety has to start at the beginning of product development, with a strong focus on ingredients.
Our clients have found vertical integration as one of the biggest added values. Vertical integration allows us full traceability of where lots are planted, who planted them, and what was grown around them. This allows our safety measures to start with the seed and the field in which it’s grown. Combined with a full sorghum IP program, we’re able to take quality to another level. With thousands of sorghum varieties on the market, our IP program guarantees specific grain characteristics, such as a smooth clean taste, for a quality level unmatched in the market.As some have unfortunately experienced, saving pennies can sometimes cost millions.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Nut Butter!
Rising prices of tree nuts, specifically almonds and walnuts, can make nut-based protein options harder to use. Sunflower seed paste demand was originally was for peanut-free options. But due to lower cost, is surging as an excellent nut butter replacement.
Great as a binder in bars or as a coating on snacks, and can add a nutritional boost with high amounts of Vitamin E. Marketing teams have also found the narrative of a sustainable, domestic, seed-based product impactful with consumers.
Our waxy, high Amylopectin pectin sorghum is being harvested now, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Female and male pictured (the female is, of course, the prettier one). Functionality of chips, crackers, extrusions, pasta and baked goods/freeze thaw, can be improved. If your team would like a small sample to test, please reserve now.
Fun Fact: Not just for food, Sorghum can be distilled–Baijiu, an alcoholic beverage made from sorghum is very popular in China.
Nu Life has partnered with a predominant cereal flake manufacturer to bring off-the-shelf availability for sorghum flakes! They have years of experience, are SQF certified, and can do custom creations. Excellent for bars, topping for breads, or used as a cereal; both conventional and organic are possible.