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I have been reading Jude Blereau's new book, From the Ground up. Quite a few recipe include Teff flour. This is definitely worth trying.

Here is what Teff tribe has to say about it :
This unassuming grain comes packed full of protein, which means it’s rich in essential amino acids. These help to support muscle growth and repair, and leave you feeling fuller for longer.

It’s low GI and high in fibre, helping to control blood sugar levels as it aids digestion, assisting weight loss and lowering cholesterol.

Teff is not only high in iron, which is necessary for healthy blood, brain development and the functioning of your immune system, but it’s easily absorbed, too. It’s a good source of resistant starch; a starch that’s actually beneficial to your body, helping to maintain intestinal health by assisting in the development of probiotics.

Containing no gluten or nuts, teff accommodates the fussiest of eaters making it suitable for those with coeliac disease, a gluten intolerance or wheat sensitivities. It’s also a nutrient rich alternative compared to many gluten free options.

Teff is full of calcium, which not only strengthens bones and teeth, but plays a crucial role in other functions of the body; heart rhythm, nervous system, muscles and more. Making it a great dairy alternative for vegans.

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Comment by Valerie on September 26, 2016 at 14:39

Seeds are also available at Coles. I can do an organic teff flour bulk buy from my co-op if anybody is interested at $7 for 500g.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on September 26, 2016 at 9:22

Seeds are on ebay Armidale, New South Wales, Australia could be worth growing but harvesting may be a problem.

Comment by Lissa on September 26, 2016 at 4:35

I've never heard of Teff flour before.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 25, 2016 at 20:47

Sounds wonderful. Need a lot of space to grow enough grain for home consumption though ... I can recommend Buckwheat though, it's readily available gluten-free not being a grain and so easy to grow here locally. You can buy organic testa-on/un-hulled (seed-coat necessary for germination) Buckwheat from Green Harvest. You both love a challenge though ;-)

Comment by Dianne Caswell on September 25, 2016 at 20:37

I will have to look into Teff, sounds like I could benefit from this grain. Has anyone else tried it and how?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 25, 2016 at 20:11

I heard a radio item about Teff as well.  I'm tempted to find some seeds. 

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