What is Sorghum?
Sorghum is an ancient grain that originated in Africa and is grown in different regions around the world such as India, China, South America, and the United States. This ancient grain is naturally gluten free and Non-GMO! Often referred to as ‘the camel of crops’, sorghum grows using less water and other natural resources. Sorghum is an excellent “green” crop as it requires less water and fewer nutrients to produce high yields when compared to corn. Sorghum is naturally gluten free and safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance while also being a GMO free crop. Sorghum has a wide range of colors due to genetics. Sorghum can come in white sorghum, yellow sorghum, burgundy sorghum, black sorghum, and red sorghum colors. Certain varieties of sorghum have high levels of tannins, antioxidants, and phenolic compounds such as the black sorghum bran, burgundy sorghum bran, and sumac sorghum bran. Be sure to look at our research page to discover the potential health benefits of consuming these varieties of sorghum.
With the growth of the gluten free food industry, sorghum has taken the spotlight. When sorghum is used as an ingredient in baking, cooking, or other applications it is able to mimic gluten containing items. With a fine, tender texture and delicate mouth feel sorghum is sure to delight any gluten free diet. Sorghum is also high in dietary fiber, giving an added nutritional benefit, as well.
The genes in the sorghum are what determine the color of the grain. Nu Life Market features a white, brown, and black sorghum. The variety of brown grain that Nu Life Market uses is referred to as Sumac Sorghum and the black is Black Sorghum. Black and Sumac Sorghum Grains are very high in antioxidants, tannins, and G.I. stable anthocyanin. The most common sorghum used for baking and as an ingredient is the White Sorghum. It is naturally white in color therefore requires no bleaching process for it to be white in color.