Millet Foxtail (AKA Italian Millet) | Members Only Preservation Packet


GENUS: Setaria SPECIES: italica

Maximum of 5 per person

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Heritage Status: Overseas

Bio-Region of Origin: Hawkes Bay/Northland

Number of Seeds: 500 enough to plant sqm at .1 diagonal spacings

Description: From the KUSA collection, an ancient grain from Neolithic tombs in China, has made golden porridge in China for Centuries. It’s another stunning looking grain when the seeds heads are ripening and because it only grows to 1m max and is easy to cover from birds. The seed heads stand up then hang down like a fox’s tail hence the name. This millet is easy to thresh and hull ready for eating.

Planting Instructions: Scatter sow into trays early October. Transplant into beds when 5-8cm high at 10cm diagonal spacing. Harvest when seed begins falling and mature in green house before harvesting and winnowing. Be ready with bird protection earlier than the birds!