Well, we finally harvested our sorghum, you are supposed to wait until the seed heads form but they started and stopped due to the cold weather , luckily we have only had one light frost so far this winter so we could leave it a little longer, we kept cutting little bits to see if it had developed sweetness and it finally did so the kids set to with the loppers. They were willing recruits for the long tedious task ahead because of the promise of a sweet reward. We cut each stalk into sections between each nodule and after leaving for a couple of days stripped the outer layer off each one, then I ran them through the juicer. It worked very well, but I could do only about 10 lengths of stem before it clogged up so had to repeatedly empty and rinse the juicer out. The pulp/fibre was beautiful and i had a brainwave and have saved it for making paper another day! I guess it will have to ferment first. ( I saw a news item about someone making bullshit paper (literally- lol) so this should work just as well.

Anyway the juice was lovely and green, and I slowly boiled it to evaporate, skimming off the vivid green foam that collected at the top. eventually it was much reduced and started to get viscous, so that was that and above is the sum total of our sorghum syrup harvest! about 250ml. A lot of work, but an adventure, our place is definately marginal for the growing of sorghum, the crop was spindly, but the result is a sweet grassy syrup that will go nicely on waffles!

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Comment by Kali on July 4, 2010 at 9:36pm
It really does go nicely on waffles too :)
Comment by Dian & Dennis Patterson on July 4, 2010 at 1:21pm
Hi Kali : Looks interesting. Cheers, Dennis.
Comment by Kali on July 4, 2010 at 12:45am
Thanks Janet, I certainly know where you are coming from!
Comment by Janet Byers on July 3, 2010 at 12:28pm
Hi Kali - I'm impressed with your sorghum syrup, it's the processing that's difficult isn't it. I feel like that about so many of the things I grow or would like to grow. I look at what I buy and wonder what has been involved in its production - pesticides, worker exploitation, food miles, storage conditions etc, and keep trying to expand what I can grow. I've thought of sorghum and will try that sometime, but this year some of our results were - the birds ate the oats and sunflower seeds, rats or mice I think ate the mung beans and chick peas, and as for hulling the flax seeds - do you know how many seeds are in a tablespoonful of flax seeds - and we eat them every day. I'm giving the seed heads to the chooks and they can get the seeds out - give them something to do! We did get about a cupful of edible pumpkin seeds, enough for one lot of bread. Regarding sugar alternatives, pheasants ate the yacon and we don't like the taste of stevia, but I'm thinking about the processing when the sugarcane starts to produce . . . but it's all interesting. Congratulations and all the best for next year.
Comment by Kali on July 1, 2010 at 10:04pm
it has about the same growing requirements as corn, its very similar looking only it doesn't get cobs but has a seed head, it definately needs lots of summer warmth to get to its full potential I think. Usually people roll the juice just as they do sugarcane but I had no means of doing that so tried the juicer which was very time consuming and labour intensive for a sweet little reward!
Comment by Colleen Stuart on July 1, 2010 at 9:51pm
sounds great - was it easy to grow?


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