Millet is one of the staples of life here in Mali. It grows in fields that look like corn stalks, but you can see in the picture below that it’s a grain. Millet is harvested, dried, and then the seeds are separated from the plant.
Women pound the millet (like we would crack wheat) to be used in their porridges and hot cereal, which is often eaten three times a day. It’s made into a stiff thick paste which is rolled in the hand and dipped in a sauce.
Washing the millet:
Mother and daughter pounding millet: