Will Ancient Grain Teff Be the Next Super Food?

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by tulianr, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Jan 25, 2014 9:39 AM CST
    (Newser) – Get ready to hear a lot about an ancient grain from Ethiopia called teff, reports the Guardian, which suggests it's poised to take the place once held by quinoa as king of the "super grains." Teff seeds are nutrition bombs, high in calcium, iron, protein, and amino acids. They also happen to be naturally gluten-free and can sub in for wheat flour in pretty much everything. (Like pancakes.) The gluten-free market is booming in the west, and teff is showing up more and more in health-food shops and specialty markets, write Claire Provost and Elissa Jobson. But they suggest we haven't seen anything yet. (An earlier post at the Oregonian also predicts teff will be a hot commodity in 2014.)

    The grain has long been a nutritional staple in Ethiopia, mostly in its injera bread. (Think "earthy flavor with a slight hazelnut taste," says StyleCaster.) And while it now accounts for 20% of the nation's agriculture, the government wants to double production by 2015. Of course, this raises the same kinds of ethical concerns that have plagued quinoa in South America: Ethiopia suffers from widespread malnutrition, and "careful planning is needed to make sure that business and export interests are not put ahead of domestic consumers and small farmers," says a post at SOS Children's Villages. "Otherwise, any teff boom could come at the expense of the poorest Ethiopians."
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  2. Georgia_Boy

    Georgia_Boy Monkey+++

    Some time ago I bought a number of grains, (quinoa, millet) and the merchant had teff on sale so I bought 20lbs. Well the teff flour came in small packets (~1lb). These packages well were made. I put them in wide mouth 1qt jars with a few packets of absorbent. The contents labels indicate 113 calories 1.1 oz. equaled 22g carbohydrates (4g dietary fiber), 0 sugars, 4g protein, 2% fat (1g).
    I searched the internet for recipes and alas they are few and far between with many variants on Ethiopian injera bread, a flat, dark bread. We didn't get very excited about the injera. I have yet had the time to try teff a a substitute in breads or pasta... Hopefully I'll find something useful.
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