From Old World to New World

Sorghum--more than just chicken feed.

Sorghum bicolor


Native to Africa, the grain once called "guinea corn" had arrived in America by 1700 with slaves. By 1743, Sorghum's presence in the colonies was noted. With it, African Americans made bread, pudding, and brooms. The small grains also made good eating for their chickens. Leaves and stems can be toxic.

Leaves and stems are toxic.

Present Use

As Americans settled the drier lands west of the Mississippi, the drought resistant properties of sorghum made this grain very attractive. It is now an importnat crop worldwide. It still nourishes chickens and refreshes people, too--beer is made with sorghum.




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