Millet, a "winter" cereal

Millet, a

Millet: what it contains

Millet is a gluten-free cereal if dehusked, useful for the digestive system and also suitable for children, pregnant women and the elderly.

Packed with nutrients, millet is a lot also useful for strengthening hair, promote good health of nails, teeth and skin. 

Il millet it mainly contains carbohydrates and has a fair amount of protein, resulting in greater than that of other cereals and more easily absorbed by the body. Finally, it is a cereal rich in minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium, iron e potassium, very little fat and water. 


Millet, how to cook it 

Millet does not require soaking and it cooks in about 20 minutes. It is very rich in starch and tends to thicken: this is why it is suitable for the preparation of arancini, croquettes and flans.

La millet flour it is perfect for preparing baby food. There is also the wholemeal brown millet flour, perfect as a natural remedy in the prevention ofarthrosis.

Millet is excellent both in soups, in vegetable purees or in soups, but it is also a good basic ingredient for salad recipes with small grains, accompanying quinoa or amaranth, for instance; for main courses or appetizers it is perfect to enrich vegetarian meatballs or flans. 


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Where millet is grown 

there many varieties of millet and they are not so difficult to cultivate: for each type there is a more predisposed area, here are some of the variants that you can choose: 

> white millet: the most common variety, grown in the country and in Europe;

> foxtail millet: suitable for semi-arid conditions, it grows faster than the others;

> pearl millet: the most common for the production of feed for birds;

> grain millet: very resistant and with rapid growth;

> mile ragi: suitable for high and hilly areas, it is chosen by many farmers as a subsistence food.

Sowing (in late spring or early summer) is done in rows 20-40 cm apart. Towards the end of the summer, usually the harvest period, at the apex of each stem, a swollen ear develops, which contains thousands of small hard fruits to peel, the yellow grains of millet in fact.


Buy the mile 

Where to buy the mile? Granaries, organic shops, well-stocked supermarkets: this is where you can find natural millet, packaged in practical bags. It can also be found very easily online. 400 g of organic and organic hulled millet cost about 2,50 / 3 euros. 


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