Fonio is an ancient species of millet from Africa, possibly the oldest African cereal. It is called "the seed of the universe" in Malian mythology, and "hungry rice" in Europe. The seeds are tiny but nutritious and tasty! Fonio is high in iron, and rich in methionine and cystine, essential amino acids which are lacking in many major cereals. It also has a low glycemic index and is easy to digest.
Fonio is still relatively unknown in North America, but possible to get through Farafena, a relatively new Vancouver-based company bringing several 'superfoods' directly from African farmers to our market.
Here's what their company is about:
Our social enterprise is focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle and sustainability through direct and equitable business relationships with women farmers. We thank you for joining Farafena in our journey to elevate the well-being of the world one community at a time.
You can cook the grain like you would quinoa or rice, with a ratio of 1 part fonio to 3 parts water, and you'll find some recipes on Farafena's site as well.
It has a bit of a nutty flavor and looks like tiny couscous!
We're excited to experiment with the flour in our products and will keep you posted.
Find out more about fonio here.