Move over quinoa, teff is set to be the next BIG superfood
This historic Ethiopian gluten-free seed (not a grain) possesses more nutritional, non-dairy calcium than any other grain food.
Like quinoa, teff is actually a seed—one that’s always been relied on in Ethiopia and other countries for safeguards from famine and as a supply of essential nutrients and vitamins.
You might have consumed teff by consuming injera, a sourdough made flat bread which has a soft feel, frequently made at Ethiopian eateries. In recent times, this would have been the main place individuals would be likely experience teff in Australia. All that is changing now, since this historic foodstuff has now been identified due to its astounding nutritional makeup.
Teff is known for being…
- packed with a lot more calcium than just about any other whole grain, one cup of teff provides around 123 mg of calcium
- A comprehensive protein, a 50 gram serve consists of the same amount of protein as an egg; industry experts calculate that Ethiopians, among them renowned long distance runners get two thirds of their protein through teff
- The only historical seed that contains vitamin C
- Entirely gluten and grain free
- Abundant in iron, vitamin B6, magnesium, protein and fiber
Teff’s exceptional nutritious profile outperforms its South American super-food relative, quinoa. And as opposed to most gluten free whole pseudo-grain choices, teff is high in fibre, that assists to improve food digestion. At the same time its nutritional profile combats the development of various cancerous tissue, improves bone and dental development, and stimulates outstanding cardiovascular functionality.
- Recently, all teff in Australia is imported; (although it does grow wild in parts of NSW and Queensland) But now in 2015 even farmers in Tasmanian are looking at growing this superfood.
- Historians state teff is among the list of very first plants grown by humans
- Teff provides a excellent resource of vegetarian protein. Not merely does it include all the crucial amino acids, but it’s even more nutrient packed than most other proteins
- The impressive levels of iron in teff will assist regulation of blood sugar levels
Teff offers light and dark species; lighter tones are normally milder in tatse, while dark variants have a more powerful, nutty flavour. Teff “grain” is often cooked in a number of techniques, such as as a healther alternative for rice, pasta or cereal. Teff flour is effortless to make meals and it also makes a ideal replacement for bread and baked foods. It may also function as a thickener for gravies, cassoriles and soups.
Should you decide like teff to cook with, then switching to if from white flour would be a slight diet change that will give huge health and wellbeing benefits for doing so. You can use it in many day to day recipes from pancakes to flatbreads. Stay tuned for some exciting teff recipes from me in the near future.
By Mindy Bridgeman