Sorghum is a type of grass similar to millet, and is used as food (both as a grain and a syrup), and for animal fodder and biofuels. Packed with protein and a number of vitamins, sorghum is an important food crop in Africa. Bobby Flay’s tangy barbecue sauce features sorghum syrup, along with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, garlic and habanero chiles; Hugh Acheson serves up supersavory bacon-scallion biscuits accompanied by a sweet sorghum butter. Sorghum seeds can be popped like popcorn, and make a great crunchy topping for cauliflower salad. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine’s guide to sorghum.

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