Teff – a Nutritous Grain Alternative to Wheat

farmer holding a stalk of TeffSome people write Tef and others write Teff but let’s not get into a tiff about Teff let’s just spread the good news about this very nutritious grain that is an alternative to wheat.

The good news is that it does have all 8 essential amino acids making it a good source of protein and that it does NOT have gluten so that those looking for extra foods to include on their gluten free diet should give Teff a try.

And if that does not convince you to try it then how about the fact that it is high in both vitamin C and in Calcium?

Teff is a traditional food in Ethiopia and Eritrea and has been cultivated and eaten for thousands of years.

In 1996, the US National Research Council characterized Teff as having the “potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land care  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eragrostis_tef

With a cooking time of 15 to 20 minutes and a mild taste Teff has found its way into many types of recipes. Although as a staple food comparable to Quinoa, cous cous or rice it can be used in curries, stews, casseroles and spicy Mexican foods it is used in porridge, cereals, breads, pancakes – when you use Teff flour then the sky is the limit.


Traditional Ethiopian Teff Injera (Gluten-Free) at Celiac.com

Chocolate Bread by Gluten Free Girl

Teff Crepes with Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms at the Whole Grains Council

Want even more recipes?

Teff: The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Gluten Free Recipes is the book for you then.

Good luck and let me know how it goes!



Teff photo International Potash Institute


Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, naturaldetoxblog.com is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me