Sorghum is a tall, hardy crop that grows well even in dry conditions. It is known as a high energy crop for its ability to convert solar energy and use water efficiently.
Sorghum can grow up to 20 feet tall and produces colorful flower clusters at its tips called panicles. The U.S. sorghum crop is primarily used for livestock feed and making ethanol. However, sorghum is also well loved for its diverse culinary uses. Sorghum can be consumed as a sweet syrup, a gluten-free grain, or even popped like popcorn. In the U.S., Kansas is the leading sorghum-producing state, followed by Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.