One thats roots reach back 3000 years to ancient Ethiopia, with benefits that far outweigh its size.
As the tiniest grain in the world, it can be easy to overlook, but teff is far tougher than it seems, thriving where other grains don’t.
It can grow in waterlogged soil or drought cracked earth, which is part of the reason it has stuck around so long, fueling the diets of man since way back when.
This unassuming grain comes packed full of protein, which means it’s rich in essential amino acids. These help to support muscle growth and repair, and leave you feeling fuller for longer.
It’s low GI and high in fibre, helping to control blood sugar levels as it aids digestion, assisting weight loss and lowering cholesterol.
Teff is not only high in iron, which is necessary for healthy blood, brain development and the functioning of your immune system, but it’s easily absorbed, too. It’s a good source of resistant starch; a starch that’s actually beneficial to your body, helping to maintain intestinal health by assisting in the development of probiotics.
Containing no gluten or nuts, teff accommodates the fussiest of eaters making it suitable for those with coeliac disease, a gluten intolerance or wheat sensitivities. It’s also a nutrient rich alternative compared to many gluten free options.
Teff is full of calcium, which not only strengthens bones and teeth, but plays a crucial role in other functions of the body; heart rhythm, nervous system, muscles and more. Making it a great dairy alternative for vegans.
But how do you get all of this goodness?
It would be quicker to list the ways you can’t.
Teff can be blended into a smoothie for added texture, or boiled whole to use as a rice substitute. It can be made into porridge for breakfast, or pancakes using our flour. It can be baked in a cake, sprinkled over a salad, and made into bread. Put simply, teff can replace any flour or grain in a recipe as the light nutty flavour works well from sweets through to savoury. And especially well with chocolate.
With this much versatility, the only limit is your imagination.