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Millett Not Just for the Birds

I know I was going to start posting on herbs but I am so excited to share the benefits of this grain and delicious recipe I made the other night. I am embarrassed to say I have never cooked Millet before but was curious to learn more about this grain since it is gluten free. I wanted to know the taste, the ratio of grain to water, and the readiness that it would take on different flavors. What I found out about this grain is that it is delicious!!
Millet a grain that has been used around the world, originated in Ethiopia and has since traveled and is a staple in India, where it is used to make a flatbread called roti. In the middle ages before potatoes or corn were introduced Millett was a staple grain in Europe.
Millett was not introduced in America until the 19th century and its primary use at that time was for bird seed, it is not until recently that it started to gain popularity. It is no surprise that Millet has been gaining momentum in the grain world. With its unique nutty flavor when toasted and being gluten free it is hard to believe that this grain was not on our plates generations before.
Millett has many health benefits that it can lay claim to. Some of these include protection from diabetes and heart health, as well as improving digestive health. Millett is also high in B vitamins, as well as potassium, iron and zinc.
Magnesium a nutrient that is abundant in this grain is shown to be leading Millett in its health benefits. Magnesium is a mineral that is important for reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes particularly in the case of atherosclerosis. Magnesium’s benefits do not stop there, as this mineral is also important to increase the efficiency of insulin and glucose receptors in the body, thereby aiding in the prevention of diabetes.
Yes, Millett may have started off for the birds but to leave it for the birds would be a mistake. This grain has shown its worth and its demand is now growing. With its nutty flavor and health benefits it is sure to migrate its way onto more plates years to come.
Want to learn more about Millett and recipes please join us Wednesday January 13 6pm at ADAMS Fairacre Farms in Wappingers Falls for a night of gluten free and weight loss discussion as well as learning how to make Cheesy Millet Risotto

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