Teff is the smallest seed in the world – and the most nutritionally dense.
Naturally gluten-free, low GI and supercharged with all the good stuff – like iron, protein, calcium and other essential minerals, teff may be small in size, but it’s big in benefits.
You may be familiar with quinoa? Well, teff is a lot like that, but so much better… It leads all the seeds in the nutrient stakes and has a delicious nutty flavour that works well with sweet or savoury recipes. Think breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the snacks in between. Where some gluten-free flours can be tricky to work with in the kitchen, teff flour is a bit of a star.
Super versatile and easy to use, teff flour can be substituted in to give everyday recipes a healthy, gluten-free boost. It also performs really well in baking – giving a delightful texture to everything from cakes, muffins, breads and pancakes. So the short answer is, teff is the versatile staple you need in your pantry.
What teff looks like.
Teff seed is about the size of a poppy seed and grows in a range of colours from ivory to brown. While health-wise they are all the same, the different colour seeds enjoy slightly different flavours.
Ivory teff is best described as having a slightly sweet, light chestnut-like flavour, while brown teff has a richer, earthier tone, closer to a hazelnut.
Teff Tribe offers the most comprehensive range of teff products in Australia and currently offers teff in seed, flour and flake form, plus a growing collection of baking mixes, pastas and instant porridge.
When it comes to health benefits, teff leads all the seeds.
Naturally gluten-free, and jam-packed with all the good stuff like calcium, iron, protein, resistant starch and essential minerals like magnesium and manganese, teff is something of a superstar. It just goes to show that good things really do come in small packages! When lovingly stone-milled to flour, the entire seed is crushed – meaning it retains all of the nutritional benefits that many other seeds lose during processing.
In short, it’s a nutritional powerhouse. But most importantly, it’s delicious.
Teff is an excellent source of plant protein with a great combination of eight essential amino acids – including lysine – needed for the body’s growth and repair.
Being low GI and consisting of up to 40% resistant starches, teff can aid weight loss, help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels and aid digestion.
One of the most common deficiencies in the world, iron is essential for healthy blood, brain development and a well functioning immune system.
Boasting the highest levels for a grain, teff is a great alternative calcium source for those who can’t consume dairy which helps to strengthen bones.
and many other essential minerals like manganese, copper and zinc which help promote good health and wellness and are vital for maintaining optimal body function.