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Common Name: Pearl Millet
Pennisetum glaucum is an annual plant that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
E. Asia - China.
River banks in sandy soils, common as a weed[
Requires a light well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in dry infertile soils[
]. This species is the most drought-resistant of all cereal crops[
Cultivated for its edible seed in tropical and sub-tropical areas[
], it is especially suited to regions with a short growing season[
]. It is a more problematical crop in Britain, requiring a hot summer if it is to ripen a good crop of seed. There are often not many seeds on the inflorescence[
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be used like rice in sweet or savoury dishes, or can be ground into a powder and used as a flour for making bread, porridge etc[
]. The grain is often fermented to make various foods[
] The sweet tasting grains are eaten raw by children[
]. Very nutritious[
The plant is appetiser and tonic[
]. It is useful in the treatment of heart diseases[
The fruits have been rubbed on open facial pimples in order to get rid of them[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.