Introduction

FOOD SCIENCE AND PROCESSING 3 (2+1)
Lesson 9 : Millets

Introduction

Apart from maize and sorghum, the major millet crops of India are pearl millet (pennisetum typhoideum) called “bajra” and finger millet (Eleusine coracana) known as “ragi”. A number of other minor millets are grown and they are: the common millet or proso millet (panicum miliacuem), foxtail millet (Setaria italic) and kodo millet (paspalum scorbiculatum). These millets, along with maize and sorghum are considered as ‘coarse grains’ and constitute the food of the economically weaker sections of the population in India. These are hardy plants capable of growing in areas where there is low rainfall and poor irrigation facilities.

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