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What is sorghum syrup?

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Sorghum syrup is a sweet liquid made from the sorghum plant, which is a grain crop. The syrup is typically used as a sweetener for foods such as baked apples and cornbread. In cooking, sorghum syrup serves as a substitute for corn syrup, maple syrup, honey or molasses.

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When sorghum cane is harvested in early fall, syrup manufacturers often remove the plant juice in the fields. The liquid goes to the mill and sits in heated storage tanks. The next day, the manufacturer cooks the juice until it thickens into a light amber syrup. Ten gallons of raw juice make about one gallon of syrup.

Sorghum syrup is high in potassium and antioxidants. It also contains protein, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

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