Proso millet is an annual grass. It is a cereal which was already cultivated 7,000 years ago. Nowadays it is often grown for birdseed or it is sold as health food.
Proso millet grows in a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. It has the lowest water requirement of all cereals, which makes it suitable for drier climates.
Basic information and facts
Not sure but probably China or South Caucasus.
About 1 meter
Seedheads of Proso grow in bunches.
Seeds are 2 to 3 mm in diameter with a variation in color (cream, yellow, orange-red, brown).
Nowadays often grown as fodder or for birdseed.
Did you know that?
- Several small grain cereals are all known by the name “Millet” but are actually different crop species.
- Proso millet lacks gluten, so it can be included in the diets of people who cannot tolerate gluten and thus cannot eat wheat.