Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Try some Mississippi-made sorghum

By JULIAN BRUNT/Special to the Sun Herald

Try some Mississippi-made sorghum.
Try some Mississippi-made sorghum.

If you are really into the Mississippi food scene, you may know that sugar cane just won’t grow north of Mississippi 82.

In the old days that meant if you lived north of that highway, you relied on sorghum molasses for something sweet. 

It is still widely made today, but most people who make it, make it as a hobby. Many people think Terry Norwood's Rockyford Sorghum Mill, just west of Oxford, makes the best, and as a testament to his skills, the chances of getting any, unless you are very well connected, are slim to none.

This year I was one of the lucky ones.

You may not be able to find Terry's sorghum, but if you hunt around you will be able to find some Mississippi made. Check out the produce stands along the highway. There's a big one, just south of Jackson on U.S. 49, that generally has sorghum.

There is no recipe I want to share with you for sorghum, just this lovely combination:

Still hot from the oven homemade biscuits, lots of local butter, lots of Mississippi-made sorghum. My grandfather used to say, he could never make them come out even.