Teff is the world’s tiniest grain. It’s so small that that enough seeds to sow an entire field can be held in your hand. In fact, it’s so tiny that it takes three thousand grains to weigh one gram. The word teff means “lost,” as in “if you drop that grain of teff, it’s gone forever.” 

The gluten-free grain from Ethiopia is full of protein, iron, and calcium, which explains the proficiency of the long-distance Ethiopian runners — they grew up on this stuff. Ever had Ethiopian food? That big delicious flatbread served with everything is made from teff.    

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