Sugar sorghum

Title Info
Common name Sorghum, Sugar
Scientific name Sorghum bicolor
Taxonomic group Poaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Fermented products
Food plants Grains and cereals
Keywords Gramineae; Sorghum dochna according to some botanists

Sorghum. First domesticated in Africa some 5,000 years ago, this grain spread to China and eventually to the USA. It is used in many ways: as fermented and unfermented porridge, flat cakes, and even as a beer ingredient. It also is used as animal feed. The stem may contain up to 16% sugar, which may be turned into syrup.