For centuries common millet has been grown in central Asia as a cereal. It became well-known above all for millet gruel, which was an important food in the Middle Ages and which the Grimm brothers immortalised in the fairytale “Sweet Porridge”. In the meantime millet has largely returned to the wild in Europe and grows on rubbish dumps and railway sidings.
Millet is particularly rich in silicic acid and linoleic acid. It also contains proteins, minerals and vitamins and has recently become valued as a healing plant. It has restructuring properties, raises moisture binding and in this way increases the elasticity of skin and hair.
One of the oldest types of cereal because common millet was already grown over 10,000 years ago in the Chinese province of Manchuria. It started to be grown in Europe during the ice age. Until recently millet was considered only as a food, but its importance as a healing plant is now increasing. It is becoming increasingly important for homeopathy owing to its effectiveness against the symptoms of old age.
Hard to believe: Attila the King of the Huns always and exclusively served his guests millet gruel. He was aware of the strengthening effect of the millet gruel and millet even became his favourite dish and was considered one of the most nutritious foods whilst the Huns were in power.