A rare ancient grain, prized for its flavor, easy digestibilty, gluten freedom and tolerance by diabetics, Fonio (Digitaria exilis, Digitaria ibura) is in the millet family, and is grown on poor soils already tired from the other crop cycles of years passed.
Fonio has a low glycæmic index and is rich in amino acids, especially methionine and cystine, among many nutritional properties superior to most other grains.
• Rich in protein
• Rich in fiber
• Rich in essential amino acids
From a Traditional Source
Fonio just so happens to be prominent right in Atacora's home around Boukombé, Benin!
Fonio starts out looking like a nice, green lawn, and at maturity looks a lot like hay. The seeds are less than a millimeter long and half as wide, and have a husk, necessitating some pretty serious work to make it ready to eat. Harvest is done BY HAND with HOMEMADE KNIVES. Harvesters make sheaves and set them to dry. They construct a platform where adolescents stomp the sheaves to remove the grain. It is then winnowed in traditional flat basketry. Prior to cooking, women pound the grain in traditional wooden mortars to remove the husks, and winnow again. The grain is then washed tree times to remove and sand, redried and cooked.
About the company:
The Atacora team is a big family, tied by clan and village. As a collective, our mission is to collaborate in the direct fight against poverty and inequality, restoring people’s pride in knowing that a bright future is in their own hands. Atacora’s leadership on local initiatives in the fields of education, healthcare and environmental stewardship can be felt throughout the region. Read More
Company: Atacora Essential Inc.
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Claims: Rich in protein, Rich in fiber, Rich in essential amino acids, Gluten-free
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