What is broomcorn?
Broomcorn brooms were introduced in the late 1700s. Before that, early versions were called “besoms” and usually consisted of bundled twigs which didn’t actually sweep up very well. Broomcorn is a tall plant derived from the sorghum family and is distinctive because of its long and fibrous seed branches. Those stiff, sticky branches are perfect for—you guessed it—catching and holding on to dust and dirt while you sweep.
About Broom Making
Brooms and besoms are rich with history and folklore, dating back centuries. “Brooms have been considered magical tools for ages by nearly all spiritual practices,” shares Alyssa. The skilled artisans, like Alyssa, who keep the craft alive today are called “Broomsquires.” Depending on the size and length of the broom, these hand-held treasures are ideal for sweeping kitchen countertops, dustpans, pet hair, and cobwebs. No matter what task the broom is best suited for, it will help us feel grounded as we connect to the spaces around us.