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What is Teff?

Ancient Grain Becomes a Modern Staple!

Teff is a fine grain—about the size of a poppy seed—that comes in a variety of colors, from white and red to dark brown. It is an ancient grain from Ethiopia and Eritrea, and comprises the staple grain of their cuisines. Ground into flour, teff is used to make the traditional bread, injera: a flat, pancake-like, fermented bread that complements their exotic spices.

While it grows predominantly in these African countries, with fertile fields and ecologically-sensitive farming methods, Idaho also produces some of the best quality Teff in the world.

This mighty grain might be tiny but it’s the staple food of ancient cultures and unrivaled athletes.

BROWN TEFF GRAIN is great in everything from breakfast porridge to pilafs.

The Tiny Grain with Big Health Benefits

Teff leads all the grains – by a wide margin – in its calcium content, with a cup of cooked teff offering 123mg, about the same amount of calcium as in a half-cup of cooked spinach. Teff is high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fiber that can benefit blood sugar management, weight control, and colon health. It’s estimated that 20-40% of the carbohydrates in teff are resistant starches. A gluten-free grain with a mild flavor, teff is a healthy and versatile ingredient for many gluten-free products.

IVORY TEFF FLOUR is a great gluten-free alternative that easily subs in one-to-one in your favorite recipes.

Gluten-Free Grain and Flour

Teff can be eaten whole and steamed, boiled, or baked as a side dish or main course. It can also be ground into flour to make an excellent gluten-free flour alternative, and can be used to make waffles, cookies, bread, crackers and an assortment of other baked goods.

Find out how Teff made its way to Idaho.

Check out our gluten-free teff deliciousness here.

Grain or flour? Brown or ivory? Or try them all with a sample box!