What is Sweet Sorghum Syrup?
Sweet Sorghum is an old time crop, used by settlers as a sweetener. It can be grown and cultivated easily. It is a cousin to grass but looks more like corn or sugar cane. It can grow quite tall, stretching ten feet or more.
We plant it in the spring and harvest it in the fall by hand with machetes. We strip the leaves and seed heads off, and then pressed the stalks in our 100 year old roller mill. The green juice is strained and then cooked down in our 3 pan sorghum arch (type of stove). It is similar to boiling maple syrup in some ways, but the pans and process are slightly different. The syrup needs to be skimmed and watched over closely.
Sorghum is a good source of nutrients, such as Iron, Calcium and Potassium. Some people compare it to molasses, but we like it better! It has a sweet mild flavor that is purely its own. It is wonderful in baking and makes a lovely meat glaze.
If you are looking for more information on Sweet Sorghum, please visit the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association here- http://www.nssppa.org/ “Sweet Sorghum” should not be confused with “Grain Sorghum” which is shorter in structure and grown for live stock feed or gluten free flour. Sweet sorghum is grown purely for is sweet juice. We invite you to ask about our Sorghum recipes and try some!