The other day I talked about Sorghum and the use of it for human food. I could remember reading an article about the subject in a Farm Magazine. Well, I found the article. In this article they were talking with a Chef for a company out of Pennsylvania. The company he works for is a food service operation called Furmano’s. They are primarily a tomato products company. However a few years ago they decided that based on customer’s requests, they needed to expand into grains. So they do a program called Ancient Grains. The grains they focus on are Farro, Lentils, Quinoa and Sorghum. They also carry beans, etc. They claim that their stuff is all Gluten Free and non GMO.
I looked at their website, in order to find the Ancient Grains, you have to look in the ready to serve pouches/food service section. You can find all of the other stuff, other than Tomatoes, but you have to look around. Their website is www.furmanosfs.com You will also find a lot of really good recipes. Of course all of these are good for you.
The Chef talked about the Sorghum in this article and what he discovered when he first started working with it. Here is what he had to say, “They had such a nice texture to them, they just kept their bite no matter what”. He went on to say that Sorghum has a corn flavor with a nice bite. An underlying sweetness fills out whatever you are eating it with. Then later in the discussion he went on to add, “And because it has such a good texture, it really was adding crunch notes that maybe didn’t necessarily have, like a crunch to it without it being like an actual, like crunch, crunch”. Due to the drought conditions around the world or in certain parts, many agricultural producers are looking into other options that don’t require the water that water hungry corn requires. So the general idea is that Sorghum is the up and coming grain of the future.
As for me I am tickled pink over the excitement about Sorghum moving up into the limelight. I have always loved this grain as an animal feed. It just works really well overall. So I am sure this will work just as well as a human food.
As mentioned previously, they carry a wide selection of beans. A person can go on and on about the benefits of consuming beans as a staple food/anchor food in our diets.In another article in the same magazine they carry an article done by another guy talking about Sorghum. I would love to go into his discussion, but it would be a long discussion to touch the surface of what he is saying. I feel like that guy really and I mean really knows his stuff. In short he can’t say enough good about Sorghum. But he also discusses the challenges that growers run into in growing Sorghum.
Since I mentioned that this Furmano’s joint is mostly a Tomato products company and since I am one that is all in on Tomatoes and other nightshade foods, I am going to add a cut and paste of a small part of their perspective on Tomatoes. IN simple terms, people that tell you that foods like Tomatoes are bad for you.. Get them out of your life. You don’t need that nonsense in your life. Anyway…
Here goes; Some say tomatoes are vegetables and some say they are fruits. We say either way tomatoes are really good for you!! Tomatoes are a nutrient-dense super food, providing more than just basic nutrition. Tomatoes aid in the prevention of chronic disease and deliver other health benefits because of helpful phytochemicals such as lycopene, which has been linked with prostate cancer prevention in several studies. Tomatoes account for 80% of lycopene consumption.
Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. They contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. Tomatoes are believed to offer health benefits including lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.