Growing Gluten-Free Fonio At Home

Fonio grain in a heart shape

Gluten-free foods are in high demand, and ancient grains are leading the way with buckwheat, teff, quinoa, and amaranth becoming mainstream. But have you heard of fonio? The fonio plant is an African heritage grain and one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world. Quick Facts about Fonio What Is Fonio? Fonio, an ancient cereal grain, has been grown in West Africa for thousands of years. Early evidence indicates it was in cultivation 5,000 years ago. It has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and other antiquity sites. Fonio was once reserved for royalty and nobility. Traditionally, fonio served a purpose during Ramadan and in celebrations like weddings. Fonio seeds are also known as “acha,” “fundi,” and “hungry rice.” Fonio is a whole grain, meaning it has the bran attached, making it high in fiber. There is both white fonio and black fonio. White fonio is the most commonly […]

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