Millets are smartfoods that have supported many civilizations throughout history. However, with time, these seeds have been forgotten. The world has rather focused on three major crops: corn, wheat and rice.
The focus on these three crops has lead to a dangerous amount of monocropping and limited diversity in the type of nutrients that we consume.
To solve the increasing demand for global food production, we need to tap into the world of ancient grains, like millets, that are not just under-utilized but also abundant and easy to produce.
Although commonly known as grains, millets are technically seeds, like quinoa. Depending on the size, millets can be categorized into major and minor millets. The major millets are sorghum and pearl millet. Some of the common minor millets are finger, proso, foxtail, little and kodo. These different varieties of millets look different, taste different and have a different nutrient profile. They grow naturally organic without the need for pesticides or fertilizers.
Millets are high in protein, high in fibre, and a good source of vitamins and minerals like Calcium and Iron.
Millets are naturally gluten-free.
Millets have high antioxidants and a low glycemic index.
In addition to being a superfood nutritionally, Millets are identified by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) as one of the top 50 crops for the future!
Millets are one of the most climate-resilient crops that can withstand high temperatures and drought while being a rainfed crop. Growing millets is also great for the soil due to their ability to fix Nitrogen and are called C4 crops, meaning they are climate-friendly and do not contribute to carbon emissions
So, millets are not only great for the consumers, but for the farmers and the planet!