Fox tail millet is the second-most widely planted species of millet, and the most important in East Asia.
Millets are a natural source of protein and iron. Millet is very easy to digest; it contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system. Millets are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain no gluten.
Fox tail millet is high in carbohydrates, which serves as an excellent source of energy from carbs. It is a food rich in dietary fiber and minerals such as copper and iron. It is often formulated into cereals like rice. It can also be mixed with other grains such as wheat to make baked goods such as bread as well as noodles.
· Calories 364Kcal
· Total Fat 3.51g
· Potassium 0mg
· Total Carbohydrate 93.03mg
· Cholesterol 0mg
· Protein 13.65g
In South India, it has been a staple diet among people for a long time from the sangam period. Fox tail millet may have originated from China,where its cultivation dates back 5000 BC. It probably spread from the high lands of Central China towards India and Europe and can now be found all over the world. The major production centres are China and India. In Africa, fox tail millet can be found in uplands areas in East Africa, Cameroon and southern Africa (Brink, 2006). In Europe, where it used to be cultivated as a summer crop until the 17th century, fox tail millet was replaced by maize and has become marginal. Central Europe is now the main area of production (Panaud,2006).