We’re such Sorghum converts that we use this culinary wunderkind in a variety of our locally sourced, Texas-made dog foods. Which is why we’re celebrating Sorghum by making it our featured ingredient of the month. Join us in getting to know this sophisticated ancient grain.
Originating out of Northeastern Africa, Sorghum easily spread throughout the country due to its high adaptability. Even harsh or arid environments like the highlands of Ethiopia weren’t enough to stop the crop’s knack for water conservation and efficient use of solar energy. From there the crop traveled alongside different tribal groups, spreading into India and China before swimming across the ocean to Australia. Since the mid-1700s Sorghum has been a staple in US culture. Ben Franklin, who referenced it as a critical component in broom making, first made record of its use in 1757.
In 2014, more than 2.25 million acres of Sorghum was harvested on Texas soil alone. That makes the lone star state the second top producing state of Sorghum in the country. It’s so prolific we are able to buy locally from family farmers. This allows us to uphold our traditional values of operating as a small business and supporting other Texas-based operations.
Gluten-Free, Non-GMO and other BenefitsResearch shows that people and animals with gluten sensitivities or allergies can safely eat this wheat substitute. Sorghum-based food products, like our quality dog foods, offer the gluten intolerant a less expensive option aside from pricey gluten-free alternatives like quinoa. According to Organic Facts a variety of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in Sorghum have additional health benefits such as:
- Diabetes management
- Heart health
- Improved digestion
- Prevention of Atherosclerosis and stokes
- Maintaining bone health
- Protection from osteoporosis and arthritis
- Cancer reduction (especially esophageal)
- Increased blood circulation and energy
- Relief from cramping, bloating, constipation, excess gas and diarrhea