Teff Grass Seed is Set to be the World’s Next Superfood
Teff is fast becoming the next superfood, rivalling quinoa and chia seeds in popularity. The grain itself is about the same size as a poppy seed and ranges in colour from white to red and even dark brown. We are big believers in this nutritious seed and supply only the highest quality brown and ivory teff seed.
Teff has traditionally been grown in Ethiopia for many generations and has long been a staple grain in Ethiopian cuisine. Our previous article about Teff – “Discover the Health Benefits of Gluten-free Teff Seed” details the benefits of this gluten free alternative. Let’s have a look some areas of food industry where Teff seed is widely used.
Teff flour has been primarily used to make Injera – a traditional fermented flatbread, central to many religious and cultural ceremonies. It usually acts as a base for the meal, often serving as a sort of plate that diners can roll their food in.
Today Teff has moved far beyond it’s traditional uses – This grain is versatile and easy to cook with, it tastes great in cakes and cookies, bread, burgers or on its own cooked like porridge with some fruit and spices. You can even dry cook it so it takes on the texture of poppy seeds and sprinkle it over soups or on vegies as a topping
The flour made from teff is gluten free and a great alternative to regular flour for people with gluten allergies and celiac disease. It’s mild, nutty flavour is suited to both sweet and savoury foods – anything from pasta and polenta to pastry and waffles.
Although we have already mentioned the health benefits of teff seed, but because of its huge importance in your everyday meal let’s remind you once again:
Teff contains calcium and iron and is high in protein and fibre, it’s also low in saturated fat and sodium, so it’s good for your heart and blood pressure. This grain is high in amino acids and has the capability to help reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and several cancers including colon cancer.
Teff is set to be the new major player in healthy eating, because of it’s high nutritional value a small amount of teff has the potential to vastly improve your wellbeing and benefit your overall health.
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