Fonio is an ancient African grain. Our LiveSuperfoods Fonio grain comes straight from a partnership with farmers in Benin, West Africa! Fonio has been cultivated for over 5,000 years and is probably the oldest cultivated cereal in Africa.
Fonio has a nutty flavor, and also takes on the flavor of whatever it's cooked with. Some people compare the texture to couscous or cream of wheat.
Fonio's Health Benefits
Fonio contains a significant amount of fiber, which not only supports healthy digestive tract function, aids in weight management, and supports a healthy heart.
Major minerals in fonio include magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. Fonio also contains B-vitamins, especially folic acid, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2).
Low Glycemic Index
Fonio’s fiber content + its protein & fat reduce the glycemic load on the blood stream. A steady energy throughout the day, rather than a spike and crash cycle, is important for health. A low glycemic effect also makes the body feel fuller for longer.
Essential Amino Acids
Fonio contains essential amino acids, especially methionine and cysteine, which are two amino acids deficient in other popular grains.
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Fonio Breakfast Porridge Bowl
6 cups water
1 tablespoon Wild African Honey
Ghee, for creamy flavor (optional)
In a sauce pan, boil water. Once water starts to boil, turn heat down to low. While stirring, slowly add Fonio to avoid clumping. Once it is nice and creamy, transfer to a bowl. Stir in ghee (optional), drizzle with African honey and sprinkle on your favorite toppings.
Recipe courtesy of Atacora.