Pearl millet is the highest yield potential among millets because of its hybrid heterosis. Because millet s have no prussic acid potential, hybrid pearl millet is preferred for grazing under conditions in which prussic acid might be hazardous. Millets, like any plant, can still accumulate nitrates and should be tested if high nitrates are a potential concern. Pearl millet is more tolerant of sandy and calcareous soils than sorghum-Sudan, but less tolerant of heavy clay or wet soils. Pearl millet is usually higher in protein than sorghum but loses adaptability more rapidly upon maturity and unlike sorghums, pearl millet is safe for horses.
Red rice is a variety of rice that is colored red by its anthocyanin content. It is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has the higher nutritional value of rice eaten with the germ intact.
Jaggery is a traditional non-centrifugal cane sugar consumed in South Asia, Southeast Asia and some other countries in Asia and the Americas. It is a concentrated product of cane juice and often date or palm sap (see: palm sugar) without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. It contains up to 50% sucrose, up to 20% invert sugars, and up to 20% moisture, with the remainder, made up of other insoluble matter, such as wood ash, proteins, and bagasse fibers. Ancient scriptures on Ayurveda mention various medicinal uses based on the method of preparation and age.
Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food. Millets are important crops in the semiarid tropics of Asia and Africa (especially in India, Mali, Nigeria, and Niger), with 97% of millet production in developing countries. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high-temperature conditions.
Millets are indigenous to many parts of the world. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet, and foxtail millet are also important crop species.Millets may have been consumed by humans for some 7,000 years, and potentially had a pivotal role in the rise of multi-crop agriculture and settled farming societies