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Kentucky's "Syrup"

Sorghum is grown all over the world and but has a special place in Kentucky where it is used as a substitute for honey or molasses on cornbread and biscuits to pies and cocktails. 

Brought to the states by Africans, sorghum cane is harvested in the fall and celebrated with an entire festivals in a handful of Kentucky towns.

Cane sorghum is the juice of a grass plant that is boiled down and clarified to make a syrup. It is a natural sweetener that is darker than honey and lighter than molasses. Sorghum has been harvested in Kentucky for generations as a hardy crop, thriving in even drought conditions.  Kentucky and Tennessee lead the US in sorghum production.

In Louisville, you’ll see sorghum used as an ingredient in everything from cocktails and salad dressings to butters and meat glazes.  Local purveyors offer jars of sorghum at gift shops, bakeries and farmers markets throughout the city.  

Where to purchase Sorghum in Louisville:

Paul’s Fruit Market

4946 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY. 40222
(502) 426-5070

12119 Shelbyville Road
Middletown, KY 40243
(502) 253-0072

3905 Chenoweth Square
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-8918

4601 Jennings Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 426-5059

Bourbon Barrel Foods

1201 Story Avenue
Suite 175
Louisville, KY 40206

Taste of Kentucky

4600 Shelbyville Road, #603
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
(502) 895-2777

400 West Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 566-4554

11800 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40243
(502) 244-3355

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Where to find Sorghum on the menu in Louisville:

812 East Market St.
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 749-8128

Award-winning chef Annie Pettry of Decca loves cooking with sorghum, including making a seasonal vanilla ice cream sandwich with sorghum cookies, caramel and sorghum-pecan crunch. 

624 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 384-9090
Enjoy the sorghum cookie with candied bacon and vanilla filling.

Holy Grale 
1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 459-9939

Patrick O' Sheas
123 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 708-2488