All about millet
Millet is an ancient seed, originally cultivated in the dry climates of Africa and northern China since the Neolithic Era. (A few years ago, archaeologists discovered a 4000-year old bowl of millet noodles in northwestern China!) In time, millet spread throughout the world; the Romans and Gauls made porridge from it, and in the Middle Ages millet was more widely eaten than wheat. It is mentioned in the Old Testament as an ingredient for bread.
While you will probably recognize millet as being one of the main ingredients in birdseed, this wonderful grain is anything but "for the birds." Millet is technically a seed and not a grain but we classify it as a grain on our website since that is what it is categorized as from a culinary perspective.
Health benefits of millet (which they call a 'grain' throughout the article for reader ease and recognition).
The World's Healthiest Foods:
Alternative Field Crops Manual
Millets are some of the oldest of cultivated crops. The term millet is applied to various grass crops whose seeds are harvested for food or feed.