What is Sorghum?

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Don’t mistake the tall, broad-leaf plant with corn, which it resembles in the field. And certainly, aficionados say, don’t confuse it with plain old sugar cane that yields molasses.

In Tennessee, sorghum cane is harvested during September and October. Some sorghum producers, such as Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill in Monterey, extract the juice from freshly cut plants right in the field. The bright green juice then goes back to the mill, where it is kept heated in a holding tank. To avoid spoilage and produce the best syrup, they cook it the next day, thickening it into light amber syrup that is then bottled. Ten gallons of raw sorghum juice yields about 1 gallon of syrup.

According to the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association, a single tablespoon of sorghum syrup supplies 200 mg of potassium, 6 percent of the daily value needed for the average adult. It’s also high in antioxidants and contains 300 mg of protein, 30 mg of calcium, 20 mg of magnesium and 11 mg of phosphorus – all in 1 tablespoon. In fact, sorghum is 100 percent natural and contains no chemical additives of any kind. (Related: What Is Sorghum?)



  1. Darlene

    August 29, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I haven’t used Sorgum in awhile. I am excited to buy some and make a pecan pie for my husband and mix it with butter to put on biscuits like my grandfather always did…..
    Thank you for renewing my interest. Would love to win your contest. Want to visit your mill this fall also!

  2. James Brady

    September 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I had the recipe for molasses ice cream but have misplaced it. Would you please send me the recipe.
    James Brady

  3. James Brady

    September 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I am subscribed to the magazine and have Tennessee Farm Insurance on my auto. Could I please get the recipe for molasses ice cream. I made it once when the recipe was first published but that copy has been misplaced.

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