Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sorghum - Such an ugly word

But what an amazing aroma! We just received sorghum at the store and now I'm playing with it. The taste is sweeter and cleaner than molasses (they are two different beasts), and the aroma is like a sweet, dark beer.

Sweet sorghum is a delicious syrup that is created from the sorghum cane. Juices are extracted and then concentrated through evaporation into a healthy and sweet syrup. Genuine sorghum contains nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium and used to be prescribed by doctors before dietary supplements were available.

Sorghum is not molasses. While it is sometimes called sorghum molasses, the proper name is sweet sorghum or sorghum syrup. Molasses is made from the sugar cane and is typically a byproduct of the sugar making process. Sorghum is made from the sorghum cane which is typically planted for the sole purpose of making the syrup. The flavor of sorghum is also very different from molasses.

My guess is that we'll see a renewal of sorghum in culinary circles as the sorghum growers get their marketing acts together.

Tonight I made Sorghum Chewie Bars from Oatey, slightly sweet, and hearty, these were really tasty treats.

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