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Take your taste buds on a no-passport-required journey with whole grain teff. Comparable in size to a poppy seed, this North African cereal grain is the world’s smallest grain. While it might be easy to dismiss this grain on size alone, it’s worthwhile to remember that good things do come in small packages. The tiny, yet mighty, teff grain is gluten-free and high in calcium. One cup contains 123 milligrams of calcium. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C and is rich in fiber and protein.

Teff may be best known for its use in injera or enjera, a spongy Ethiopian flatbread. The tangy flatbread is about half the thickness of a pancake and it is used as an edible utensil to scoop up Ethiopian food served communal style. Whole grain teff can also be boiled and eaten in hot breakfast cereals or made into polenta, a porridge that is eaten baked, fried or grilled.

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Source: Whole Grains Council and Bob’s Red Mill

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