This sweet golden “grain” traces its origin back to China, where it was revered as one of the five sacred crops and referred to as the “grain of happiness” for its ability to raise the spirit and bring about wellbeing. And while many believe that rice is the primary grain in China, it
is actually the tiny millet seed – which once sustained the entire Northern Chinese civilisation.
For thousands of years, millet has been a significant part of the diet in many countries – India, Japan, Manchuria, Africa, Egypt and Greece – and is used in everything from bread to couscous, and as a cereal grain.
Today, it ranks as the sixth most important grain in the world, sustaining a third of mankind.
A wholegrain source of protein, millet is also rich in dietary fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals including copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, and B-complex vitamins (especially niacin and B6). It delivers a good dose of amino acids such as tryptophan, which helps regulate appetite, sleep and mood. And, as a warming grain, it helps heat the body in cold weather.
It is also a great food for those with digestive sensitivities – millet is naturally gluten-free and notably alkaline (non-acid forming). In fact, while most grains form acids in the body, millet, with its high alkaline ash content, actually counteracts acids. Hence, millet is soothing on the stomach and is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available. No wonder it’s been so revered throughout history!
You can now add the powerful nutrient-boost of millet to your diet in countless ways, thanks to Ceres Organics. With its mild, sweet, nutty flavour, it makes a delicious addition to myriad dishes.
Like rice, Ceres Organics Hulled Millet can be creamy or fluffy, perfect for pilaf or salads. It also heartily absorbs flavourful liquids, making it an ideal accompaniment for soaking up those warming winter stews and casseroles.
Ceres Organics Millet Cereal makes a tasty, nutritious and easily digested breakfast. Simply cook to your desired consistency then add your favourite nuts, seeds and fruit.
Ceres Organics Millet Flour produces light, dry, delicate baked goods with a crunchy crust. While millet flour is usually used in combination with other flours, used alone it’s ideal for making wholesome pancakes and tortillas.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ceres Organics sources its millet from organic farms in the Yellow River Basin in Northern China, where millet originated and continues to play an important role in agriculture development. It is certified organic and EcoSocial. Its EcoSocial certification means farmers are supported with a fair income and ongoing training in crop management. The premium paid by Ceres Organics goes directly to the growers, meaning that the millet you buy is not only good for the body, but good for the soul.
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