What Is Millet Seed?


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Millet seed is a small, round seed that is typically associated with bird seed in the United States. There are four main types of millet seed: foxtail, finger, proso and pearl. Within these types are many varieties, such as yellow proso.

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Millet seed is a grain with a nutty and mildly sweet taste. It was first cultivated in ancient Africa and northern China. It is a common ingredient in flatbreads such as Eritrean injera and Indian roti. Millet seed is used to make beer in Eastern Africa. It is also used as an ingredient in several fermented drinks in Eastern Europe. Millet seed is high in several vitamins and minerals, such as iron, vitamin B and magnesium.

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