Sorghum syrup is high in iron and has traces of several other necessary minerals including calcium and potassium. It is high in calories, but the calories are from simple sugars that are easy for the body to break down.
Sorghum syrup is a rich, sweet and delicious old-fashioned treat. It is a healthy alternative to overly refined modern syrups. It also has that indescribable flavor that instantly takes us back to childhood.
Sorghum was introduced into America by African slaves in the early 17th century. It was originally called Guinea corn.
Sorghum can be grown in hotter and dryer climates than most other agricultural plants. It is naturally disease and insect resistant so requires no insecticides or fungicides. It provides a great source of forage (livestock food) and is a major source of agricultural ethanol.
Sorghum syrup contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and riboflavin (B2). Before the invention of vitamin supplements, doctors often recommended sorghum syrup for patients with vitamin deficiencies. It is also high in antioxidants--molecules which protect the body from free radicals and therefore slow down the aging process.
Molasses is syrup made from sugar cane or beets, The syrup made by pressing the sorghum plant is called sorghum syrup. Products labeled sorghum molasses are a mixture of sorghum syrup and molasses. Sorghum syrup is generally considered to be nutritionally superior to any other syrup.
Sorghum syrup is almost exclusively produced in the American Southeast. Every year there are dozens of festivals celebrating this heritage. The biscuits alone make a visit to these festivals worthwhile.
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