Millet was once as important as wheat is today. Millet is still a major food source in Asia and North Africa. This tiny seed grows from a vertical cone-shaped head. The hulls have a dull shine, yellow-gold or red-brown in some varieties. They have terrific survival abilities, responding equally well in drought and water-logged conditions. Recognized as birdseed and cattle feed in Britain and the U.S., millet has a long way to go to become a main dish on our tables.