All Natural Gluten-Free Teff – the Ethiopian super-grain
Teff is minuscule, one of the tiniest grains in the world, about the size of a poppy seed. It is also packed with nutrition. Loosely translated, it is believed that the word Teff is derived from the Amharic word "Teffa", which means "lost" presumably because of its miniscule size and the fact that it is difficult to trace. Luckily for us, Teff has been rediscovered in health food stores, supermarkets and kitchens across the world.
Teff’s intriguing culinary history:
The origin of Teff traces back thousands of years to the ancient civilization of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) from around 4000-1000BC.
Teff is central to many religious ceremonies in Ethiopia. A staple of the Ethiopian diet, Teff is the primary ingredient in injera, a delicate crepe-like spongy bread. Injera is an essential component of the rich Ethiopian culture and the foundation of its cuisine. Injera is served alongside wot, the traditional stew, to complement the stew’s rich exotic spices. Injera is made by grinding Teff into flour and then fermented for an average of three days. As part of Ethiopian culture, the Injera culinary tradition begins with the ritual of the washing of the hands. Diners then gather around the large piece of injera that is draped on a platter alongside the richly spiced wot. Diners tear off pieces of injera, and in a utensil-like manner, scoop up the various exotically spiced stews.
The Versatility of Teff:
Because it is naturally gluten-free and has a mildly nutty taste, Nature's Earthly Choice Teff can be prepared many different ways:
- As a substitute for wheat flour
- A great addition to breads, waffles, pastas, pancakes
- Cooked into cereals or added to snack bars
- Delicious in soups, stews and salads, or combined with other grains to make a savory side dish
- High in calcium, fiber, potassium and protein.
- Low in saturated fats and sodium.
- Essential source of amino acids: Its combination of eight essential acids aid in the growth and repair of the body.
- Teff is a tiny seed, so small, that it cannot be processed or refined and is easy to digest. Because the Teff seeds are so small, the bulk of the grain consists of the bran and germ, making it nutrient dense.
- High in resistant starch –fiber that can be beneficial in the regulation of blood sugar control and colon health. Teff’s resistant starches feed good bacteria.