Finger millet seedheads look like "hands" with the grain contained in the "digits," hence the name. Some of the hands are curled into "fists." The crop is especially appreciated by the peoples in eastern and northern Uganda. To them, it has a high social value. They traditionally hold celebrations for the new harvest, and they serve finger millet bread to visitors and neighbors whom they want to impress. In the Uganda region, however, the people prefer finger millet in the form of hot porridge served with either sugar or banana juice.

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