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I don’t know about you, but I flinch every time my oats, rice and quinoa are flown half way across the world. I have long been looking for a local supplier of sorghum and millet – but everywhere I have looked the grains are imported – madness. I know these plants to be extremely tolerant of drought and productive – but sadly the GM movement has incentivised most farmers to produce GM corn in South Africa. The effect on the consumer’s health and on the environment of GM monocropping is being realised, but progress is slow.
I have been put in touch with a lady called Dr Tracy Nelwamondo. Born and bred in Limpopo, the ‘fruit basket of South Africa’, she has created a strong relationship with a ladies from Venda in Limpopo. I haven’t visited, but Dr Tracy explained that these ladies (often old and have not worked before) sustainably source wild fruit and nuts (Baobab and Marula) and others grow grains for her on various permaculture ran farms. I have ordered both Sorghum and Millet and some decadent Marula nut butter, Marula face oil and nuts. I hope that some of the pictures on their product pages will encourage you to buy local, organic from this female led company called Modern Traditions and give it a whirl and get your kids on board too!
Both are naturally gluten free and extremely versatile:
Tracy’s Sorghum can also be popped like popcorn, ground as a flour (makes amazing cakes and pancakes), or cooked like polenta or risotto. Most commonly it’s seen in salads as an alternative to couscous (much more delicious and nutritious).
Sorghum has a low GI, high levels of unsaturated fat, protein, fibre, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and iron. It claims higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates.
Tracy’s Pearl Millet is actually a seed. It makes a delicious breakfast porridge or addition to salads. It can be as creamy as mashed potato or as fluffy as rice/quinoa. Among other things, it is said to be higher than oats in both calcium and iron, and has high levels of many vitamins (including phosphorus, zinc, magnesium) which allows it to break down the carbohydrates and fat in your body to lower cholesterol.
Marula Face oil: This oil contains essential fatty acids that will reduce trans-epidermal water loss and protect the natural lipid layer of the skin, which prevents premature ageing. The oil is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving it nourished and moisturised. Apply a few drops of oil, morning and evening onto clean, dry skin. Apply your recommended moisturiser over the oil treatment. Store in a cool dry place.
Marula nut butter and nuts: for munching!