millet

Pronunciation: [MIHL-leht]

Though America cultivates this cereal grass almost exclusively for fodder and bird seed, millet is a staple for almost 1⁄3 of the world's population, particularly in disadvantaged regions of Asia and Africa. There are many varieties of millet, most of which are rich in protein. Millet has a bland flavor that lends itself well as a background to other seasonings. It's prepared like rice by boiling it in water and is used to make hot cereal and dishes like pilaf. Ground millet is used as a flour to make puddings, breads and cakes. Millet can be found in Asian markets and natural food stores.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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