Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next ‘super grain’?

An Ethiopian farmer using oxen to harvest teff

Under a bright blue sky, a farmer in a sleeveless red jumper is encouraging his five oxen to stamp on piles of dried grass, to help dislodge the seeds.

Nearby, other farm workers are using pitchforks to do the same job, throwing the grass into the air in an ancient process known as winnowing.

This is a harvest scene in rural Ethiopia, which at this time of the year is replicated across the length and breadth of the country.

The seed, or grain, in question is called teff.

Ethiopians have been growing and obsessing about teff for millennia, and it may be set to be become the new “super grain” of choice in Europe and North America, overtaking the likes of quinoa and spelt.

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