Breakfast today: Teff!

What was that? I thought that said you were having ‘teff’ for breakfast.

Yes, you read that right. Teff.

That’s not really a word. You just made that up.

Not only is it a word, it’s an “ancient grain of Ethiopia.” It’s the smallest grain in the world (about the size of a poppy seed) and it’s also gluten-free. It’s high in iron and protein and fiber and yumminess. It comes in ivory or brown. The brown is darker in color (as you might have guessed) and has a slightly stronger flavor than the ivory.

What does it taste like?

I think it tastes kind of nutty. My daughter likes hers with just salt in it. My son and I like ours with frozen or dried fruit. Today I had frozen blueberries and a touch of maple syrup in ivory teff. It’s also good with chopped dates and walnuts, especially the stronger-tasting brown variety.

Where on earth do you buy teff?

I’ve found it at Whole Foods, but since it’s become a staple for us, I now buy it in bulk through Azure Standard. You can also buy it online.

OK, then, how do I make teff?

Teff is totally easy to prepare. It’s a 1-to-3 teff-to-water ratio. So, to make three servings, boil 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of teff and stir. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. The teff at the bottom of the pot will thicken first, so be sure to bring that up when you’re stirring.

5 comments

  1. Victoria · January 23, 2011

    Oh, and I forgot to tell you we have a boat neighbor named Teff, the guy, not the boat. The boat’s name is Whatever.

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    • CJ · January 25, 2011

      Did Teff the guy know about the ancient grain? If so, does he like it, or is it just too weird for him to eat it?

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  2. Victoria · January 23, 2011

    I finally remembered to buy teff. We’ll have it for breakfast tomorrow!

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  3. Tucker bradford · January 6, 2011

    I totally love teff. I can’t imagine why we haven’t had it in so long. Must get some now.

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    • CJ · January 6, 2011

      That’s kind of where we were at this morning. I’d forgotten about it until I saw the 5-pound bag sitting in our pantry yesterday. I get tired of it if I have it too often, but man, was it good this morning!

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