Millet is an ancient grain that originates in Asia or Africa, and is an important food staple in Africa. The most popular varieties in Africa are the Pearl Millet and Finger Millet.
The African finger millet, is one of the most nutritious all of the world’s major cereal crops. It is high in starch and its proteins are more easily digested compared to wheat protein. Finger millet also has one of the highest iron content of any grain, third only to amaranth and quinoa.
Millet is very versatile and is used in various ways across the continent. In West Africa, the main food dishes from pearl millet are Tuwo, which is a thick porridge. Across the French-speaking coast of West Africa, the pilaf-style millet is more popular.
Millet is very versatile and is also used to make flatbreads and beers. If you have never tried millet before, and dont know where to start from, take a look at my tutorial on how to make millet. Then once you get the hang of it, try out some of the millet recipes on the blog.