Letters: WTH is sorghum?

Dear Mr. Dowd

WTH is the sorghum mentioned in the 3rd place-winning Gingerbread Hailstorm Julep? (See UK bartenders get playful with US icon.) I'm not sure I have ever seen sorghum bottled.

-- Puzzled

Dear Puzzled:

Sorghum, also known as milo and a dozen other names, is a type of grass grown virtually worldwide as a domesticated grain crop important as a food source and for beermaking.

In the U.S., most sorghum is used for animal feed although a little bit of it is made into a molasses product to be used as a sweetener.

Although over the years other products squeezed out sorghum as a mass-market swetener, it remains popular in the South and is used in baking, drinks, candies, etc.

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1 comment:

Robert Heugel said...

There is also a beer that is gaining popularity - Bard's Dragon Gold. It is okay and reminds me of a Engish style brown ale. Sorghum gets used in other beers too, but I think this is the first made solely from it if I remember right. Like the blog - keep up the good work!