[permaculture] Need plant variety ID

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Mon Sep 4 04:56:36 EDT 2006


Lawrence-- Most people who grow millet for bread grow varieties of pearl 
millet, while bird seed generally contains something called proso millet. Your 
volunteers may be of both the red and the white varieties of proso-- you won't 
know until they mature.

The best way to tell whether your millet is worthwhile to consider as a crop 
would be to figure out how to remove the chaff, grind it up and make some 
bread from it. Otherwise it could be useful in attracting birds.

Here's something on the distinction between proso and pearl:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-100.html

Nutritional differences between the strains can probably be found somewhere 
on the web. I suspect the main difference with proso is that it can be grown in 
the Dakotas and upper midwest. Most millet varieties developed for human 
consumption occur in tropical Africa and Asia.



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