Foxtail millet/ Awa

Setaria italica / Foxtail millet/ アワ

学名/ Botanical name : Setaria italica 

シノニム/ Synonym : Chaetochloa italica, Panicum germanicum, Panicum italicum, Pennisetum italicum, Setaria macrochaeta, Setaria viridis subsp. Italica

英名/ English common name :  Foxtail millet

英別名/ Alternative English name: Bengal grass, foxtail bristlegrass, Italian millet

日本名 和名/ Japanese common name : アワ  粟

タイ語名/ Thai name: ข้าวฟ่างหางจิ้งจอก K̄ĥāwf̀āng h̄āng cîngcxk

イタリア語名/Italian name: miglio degli uccelli, pabbio coltivato, panico, panico d’Italia, panico degli uccelli

原産地/ Original : Asia (Central Asia)


It is an annual grass grown for human food. It is the second-most widely planted species of millet, and the most grown millet species in Asia. The oldest evidence of foxtail millet cultivation was found along the ancient course of the Yellow River in Cishan, China, from around 8,000 years before present. As with some other cereals the waxy gene contributes to glutinousness. Seed color varies greatly between varieties, white, orange, yellow, red, gray and black.




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