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Common Name: Yellow Bristle Grass
Setaria pumila is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
A cosmopolitan plant, originally from temperate and subtropical Asia and Europe.
Waste ground, cultivated fields and lowland all over Japan[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun[
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be eaten as a sweet or savoury food in all the ways that rice is used, or ground into a powder and made into porridge, cakes, puddings etc[
]. The seed contains about 11.5% protein, 6% fat, 40.7% carbohydrate, 8.2% fat[
A dust from the fungal infection of plants is eaten[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on fast. Plant them out in late spring, after the last expected frosts. Whilst this is fine for small quantities, it would be an extremely labour intensive method if larger amounts were to be grown.
The seed can be sown in situ in the middle of spring though it is then later in coming into flower and may not ripen its seed in a cool summer.