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Organic Suei Gu Foxtail Millet

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organic blue lake bean seedOrganic Suei Gu Foxtail Millet

Setaria italica

Packet contains 1 gram (approximately 150 seeds).  

115 days to maturity.  Sow mid May-August.

 

This is a glutinous millet that can be used to make sticky dumplings, much like glutinous rice.  Foxtail millet is also popular as bird seed.  Suei Gu is an heirloom variety from China, and is very rare in the US.  

Try Suei Gu Foxtail Millet in this recipe: 

http://www.vegeangel.com/2013/06/03/vegan-recipe-vegan-millet-dumplings/

Millet is an important forage plant in semi-arid growing areas.  A member of the grass family, the plants grow quickly in warm weather and are among the most efficient crops in terms of water use. Broadcast sow at a rate of 25-30 pounds per acre or drill seed at 15-20 per acre, at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. The annual plants grow 2-5 feet high and bear a heavy harvest of long, thick, ears.  Foxtail millet is small-seeded, and needs a fine, firm seedbed.  Despite its thrifty water use, millet does not recover well from extreme drought, due to its shallow root system.  

 

Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
 
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
 
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
 
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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