Come journey with us to our homeland of Ethiopia, and explore the cultural flavors and unique benefits of our beloved cuisine. Sit at our table and you will find a plethora of delights.
Foundational at every meal is the gluten-free lovegrass teff, the delicious, tiny yet mighty, ancient super grain of Ethiopia with a subtle earthy, nutty flavor. It is usually eaten as the delicious fermented spongy injera flatbread for millennia!
THE ORIGINAL TEFF CHIPS
...the great-tasting, all-natural, all-purpose tortilla chips! Go ahead, taste the teff! Grab a pack or two, a bit of love just for you!
BLUE NILE LIVING LLC
We're on a mission to share the love... the ancient gluten-free lovegrass teff, in food products that can be enjoyed beyond borders in everyday lives!
Mebrat had a dream -- a God-inspired idea to make better-for-you products from teff, the beloved grain of her youth. Months of R&D in her home kitchen birth a delicious teff cracker, which soon evolved. With help from family friend Janis, they developed and brought to market the first tortilla chips made from teff, The Original Teff Chips, at SoCal Whole Foods Market and local stores!
And the rest is history.
With an abiding respect for teff and the amazing people who keep the grain alive daily, we support the indigenous farmers and women of Ethiopia.
photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market
What is teff?
It's a love gift to the world! Teff (a lovegrass, also known as Eragrostis tef, native to Ethiopia) is arguably the world's tiniest, mightiest grain -- it's the ancient staple grain eaten daily by Ethiopians for millennia (it is said to have originated there between 4,000 BC and 1,000 BC), and the fuel credited by the world's greatest distance runners! A "win-win food".
Teff rivals other gluten-free whole grains in taste, texture and health benefits; and is touted by celebrity doctors as a go-to gluten alternative. It's rich in fiber, protein, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals -- it has more Vitamin C and calcium than most grains. Teff "has 50% more protein, 5 times the fiber, and 25 times more calcium than brown rice."
Protein and fiber.
It's estimated Ethiopians get "about 2/3 of their dietary protein from teff" (usually eaten as injera, an edible plate). Teff contains albumins, the primary protein in blood plasma -- a good alternative to eggs for vegans. Teff is mainly resistant starch,"a newly-discovered dietary fiber that can benefit blood-sugar management, weight control, and colon health."
Sources: Huffington Post; Dr. Axe.com; Washington Post; Whole Grains Council; bbc.com; businessinsider.com.