Prized for its delectable flavor, versatility in the kitchen, and its nutrient profile, Fonio is a rare, ancient grain, originating from small pockets throughout Africa. In short, Fonio is a gluten-free grain with a low glycemic index, containing many amino acids. It is also a plant based source of Magnesium, Zinc, Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Calcium, and Phosphorous.
Fonio just so happens to be prominent right in Atacora’s home around Boukombé, Benin! Fonio is poised to sit atop the growing market for gluten-free, low-glycemic cereals. Fonio has a very mild flavor, and the texture can vary depending on how you cook it.
Forget spelt and quinoa – the next trendy grain is FONIO: Ancient African grain could make farming more sustainable A crop from West Africa could be the newest superfood on the market Fonio is drought-resistant, high in amino acids and very nutritious This has led some to suggests it could follow in the footsteps of others The crop is also popular as it can be grown in regions struggling to cope with climate change And other hidden superfoods like teff could also rise in popularity