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Pearl Millet (Bajra)Kambu,Sajjalu,Mahangu 
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   Organic Pearl Millet / Bajra

Product Type - Pearl Millet Seeds,Pearl Millet Flour (Bajra Atta)
Botanical Name - Pennisetum glaucum
Family Name - Poaceae

   Introduction

Pearl millet (pennisetum glaucum) is the most widely grown type of millet. It is grown in Africa and the Indian subcontinent since prehistoric times. It is generally accepted that pearl millet originated in tropical Africa and was subsequently introduced into India. The earliest archaeological records in India dates back to 2000 BC, so domestication in Africa must have taken place earlier.Pearl millet is well adapted to production system characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperature. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions, it can be grown in areas where other cereal crops, such as maize or wheat, would not survive. It is an important forage crop of the arid and semi-arid regions of the country. It is fed to the cattle either as green or dry. It hybridizes very well with elephant grass (pennisetum purpureum schum.) which is believed to be of African origin. Bajara is highly drought tolerant and can grow well in the areas with a rainfall of 25-75 cm. this is grown as s kharif crop in northern parts and also grown as summer crop in southern part of the country.


   Description

The height of the pearl milletplant may range from 0.5 to 4 meters. The millet grain can be nearly white, pale yellow, brown, grey, slate blue or purple. The ovoid grains of pearl millet are about 3 to 4 mm long, much larger than those of other millets. The seeds usually weigh between 2.5 to 14 grams, with a typical mean of 8 grams. The size of the pearl millet kernel is about one-third that of sorghum. The relative proportion of germ to endosperm is higher in pearl millet than in sorghum.Pearl millet or bajra is a highly nutritious and a gluten free grain. It is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The grain is easily digestible and has the lowest probability of causing allergic reactions. It is rich in starch and this makes it a great source of energy. It is an excellent source of protein and fiber. It is rich in minerals like phosphorus, iron and zinc.


   Uses of Pearl millet Food Industry

»  To add a crunchy texture and to bring variety to the baked foods, dry millet flour is added to     biscuits and breads.
»  Traditionally,it is used as porridge or in the gruel form. Now a day, bakery products like cakes,     muffins, cookies and biscuits are enhanced with Bajra or Pearl millet flour.
»  Sprouted bajra or pearl millet can be used in salads and sandwiches.
»  The crop residue after grain harvest is used as fodder for livestock.


   Health Benefits of Bajra

 

»  People suffering from celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. Bajra, being gluten free, becomes a     very good food choice for these people.
»  It is highly effective and recommended in cases of severe constipation and stomach ulcers.
»  It helps in lowering the cholesterol levels. This is due to the presence of phytic acid and niacin.
»  It is also believed to be associated with bringing down the risk of cancer.
»  Being rich in fiber content, bajra works very well in diabetes. Gradual release of blood sugar in     the bloodstream helps to keep the glucose levels normal.
»  The wholegrain supports weight loss.The high fiber content leads to a feeling of fullness for a    prolonged period and this controls your hunger.You tend to eat less and this aids in your     weight loss process.


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