Have you heard of Teff yet? It’s the next big thing, I’m certain of it. Teff is quite possibly the world’s smallest grain (about 100 grains are the size of a kernel of wheat!). Teff originates in Africa and has been a staple of traditional Ethiopian cooking for thousands of years. Whole Grain Teff (Tef, T’ef) an ancient North African cereal grass, is a nutritional powerhouse. The germ and bran, where the nutrients are concentrated, account for a larger volume of the seed compared to more familiar grains.
With a mild, nutty flavor and lots of calcium, protein and fiber, whole grain teff is a great addition to porridge, stews, pilaf or baked goods. Cooked whole grain teff makes a unique hot breakfast cereal similar in consistency and texture to wheat farina. Teff can be made into polenta, added to veggie burgers, cakes, cookies and breads. Naturally gluten free, teff is a wonderful way to mix up your menu with something a bit exotic.