Brown top Millet- the lesser known millet

13/02/2019
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Brown top millet is a recently revived millet- that grows in arid drought prone areas with minimal water. It contains 12.5% dietary fibre and has several health benefits.

Brown top Millet- the lesser known millet 


‘Millets’- the bygone grains have been revived. Ragi, foxtail, barnyard, kodo are becoming popular and have now found their way on the tables of health conscious. Recently, I came across a still lesser known millet- Brown top millet’ that has been revived. I was fortunate to see this organically grown millet at the Diabetic Food International-Granoss-Mijoss Farms in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
‘Brown top millet’ is a millet grown in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is locally known as pedda sama and korne. This local name means “illegal wife” of ‘little millet- samai’ since it usually grows as a weed with other millet crops. Its unique as it grows with minimal water in semi-arid drought prone areas. Brown top millets grow quickly and the crop is ready for harvest in just 90days, which is much less than other millet crops. 
 
Nutrient content of brown top millet
 

Nutrient

Content

Protein(g)

11.5

Fibre(g)

12.5

Minerals(g)

4.2

Iron(mg)

7.72

Calcium(mg)

28

Phosphorus(mg)

276

Magnesium(mg)

94.5

Manganese(mg)

1.99

Sodium(mg)

7.60

Zinc(mg)

2.5

Copper(mg0

1.23

 
Brown top millet is a wonder grain since it contains 12.5% dietary fibre which is much higher than other millets, and also contains a reasonable amount of protein and minerals. Millets are known for their several health benefits- promote weight loss, prevent heart disease, prevent and manage diabetes, contain minerals, antioxidants, are also gluten free. 
 
Brown top millet with it high dietary fibre content is a good pre-biotic that initiates the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. 
 
Millets are also alkalizing and can improve the nutrient content and the quality of a balanced diet and provide nourishment that leads one to good health with its amazing health benefits. 
 
It’s a commendable- effort by Diabetic food International-www.difodin.com who have strived to bring back this lesser known millet- “Brown top millet’’ to your platter. 
 
 

Source: 

1.    www.difodin.com
2.     Kingwell-Banham, E. and Fuller, D.Q., 2014. Brown top millet: origins and development. In Encyclopedia of global archaeology (pp. 1021-1024). Springer, New York, NY

3.     Roopa OM. Nutritional analysis and development of value added products from brown top millets- Bengaluru-2015, Krishikosh-http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/bitstream/1/5810027060/1/Thesis.pdf