Teff

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1. WHAT IS IT?

Pronounced: tef

AKA: the lost grain; the grass of love; emergency crop

Countries of origins: Ethiopia and Eritrea

Plant of origin: Eragrostis tef

History: Teff has been a staple of traditional Ethiopian cooking since 5000 BC. The whole grain is ground into a flour and fermented to make injera, a spongy, Ethiopian flatbread similar to a crêpe or pancake.

Varieties: ivory, red, and brown

 

2. IS IT HEALTHY?

Diet: gluten-free

Nutritional Value: protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc

Health Benefits: regulates blood sugar levels, increases circulation, improves bone and heart health, boosts the immune system, supports Celiac disease, and improves digestion

Replaces: gluten-based grains and flours

For more info: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/teff-grain.html

 

3. WHERE CAN I FIND IT?

Where: the gluten-free section of your supermarket (both flour and grain); if you can’t find it you can, order it here.

Cost: $$$

Shopping Tip: If only teff grain is available, you can make your own flour by using a coffee grinder or spice mill.

 

4. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Store: Intact whole grains will keep in your pantry for up to 4 months, teff flour will last about 2 months.

 

5. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. . .

  • Teff has five times more protein, fiber, and calcium than brown rice.
  • One single teff grain is about the size of a poppy seed, taking about 3,000 grains to make 1 gram.
  • It takes only a handful of seeds to cultivate an entire field, which supports sustainable land care.
  • Teff can grow in a wide range of climates, from dry-to-the-bone lands to swampy bogs.

 

6. BUT HOW DO I EAT IT?

Creme Cheese Pancakes with Jalapeño Bacon

 

Craving more? Check out these recipes:

Peanut Butter Cookies (from teffco.com)

Teff Burgers (from washingtonpost.com)

Teff Porridge (from thekitchen.com)

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