Dry Farmed Dragon's Claw Millet
(Eleusine coracana); 95 days; Dry-farmed; a Slow Food Ark of Taste variety; Minimum 4 grams of seed
Also known as Finger Millet, Ragi Millet or Karabe in Japan where it is a Slow Food Ark of Taste variety, this low-to-no-maintenance drought tolerant millet produces seed heads that really look like claws. Plant after all risk of frost. Our plants produce heads that have 4 or 5 fingers with each plant producing multiple heads.
These seeds were harvested from plants grown without irrigation in a practice known as dry-farmed.
We planted ours in 9 inch rows and thinned to a foot between plants. Strangely, the birds have left it alone allowing ripe heads to be cut and hung to dry further in the barn before threshing.
Will not cross pollinate with proso, foxtail, or pearl millet varieties.