Saturday, November 5, 2011

Have you ever heard of teff?

I never had until I was looking at an online store for whole grains. According to it's nutritional values it serves as a good anti-inflammatory food.

It originated in Ethiopia as a foraged wild grass and was eventually cultivated by the highland Ethiopians. In the U.S., Teff crops are being grown in Idaho.

Ounce for ounce, Teff, the smallest grain in the world, supplies more fiber rich bran and nutritious germ than any other grain! It also packs a high mineral content that boasts 17 times the calcium of whole wheat or barley. It takes 150 grains of teff to weigh as much as one grain of wheat which accounts for its high nutritional value. In any grain the nutrients are concentrated in the germ and bran. With teff the germ and bran make up the bulk of the grain and because it is too small to hull, its nutrients are abundant and stay intact.

There are three varieties of Teff - white, brown and red. Each has an almost nutty flavor. The white teff is chestnut-like in taste; the darker colors are more earthy and taste like hazelnuts. Brown teff makes a rich breakfast porridge enjoyed by many.

For those of you who enjoy trying new foods, you might consider this whole grain. If you have experience with teff, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Thanks for checking in today. Hope you learned something new that you can share with others. May today bring wonderful blessings to you and your loved ones.


  1. Hadn't heard of Teff before, sounds a great food.

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  3. teff is wonderful!! we make it with stevia and sugar free syrup for breakfast since i am hypoglyemic.