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Introduced from the Middle East and found in Neolithic tombs in Italy, millet was widely eaten in Roman times and in the Middle Ages, where it took the place of meat during Lent. Because the Venetians had warehouses full of it, they survived the great siege by the Genoese in 1378. Today it's grown mostly as bird seed.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Claus Rebler