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Food Spotlight: Atacora’s Fonio, An Ancient Grain


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.


Fonio is:

• Rich in protein
• Rich in fiber
• Rich in essential amino acids
• Gluten-free


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.



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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.
Brand: Atacora
Origin: Benin
Category: Grain
Packaging: Coming Soon
Claims:  Rich in protein, Rich in fiber, Rich in essential amino acids, Gluten-free
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: atacora.com




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Personal Care Spotlight: Atacora Baobab Body Oil



Every Baobab tree is a spirit house, and the ancestors of this Tree of Life guard its myriad benefits. To that end, the wise women of the Atacora Fair Partnership™ Co-op honor the traditional processing methods for this luxurious body oil.

The benefits of Atacora’s Pure Baobab Body Oil are numerous

Fast absorbing, non-greasy, unscented, and non-clogging – ideal for massage.
Rich in antioxidant vitamins A & E, and omegas 3,6 & 9 essential fatty acids.

Use it as a moisturizer to rejuvenate all skin types, especially aging skin.


Suggested Use
Let ancient African traditions guide you to healthy skin and hair.
Use a few drops directly. A little goes a long way.

- Apply to skin, scalp and hair.
- Unscented, it’s great for massage.
- Blend with creams, lotions, soap formulas, and shampoos.



From a Traditional Source
Atacora’s Pure Baobab Body Oil is traditionally harvested by the producer families. We buy the whole fruits directly from them, which are then cold pressed and processed by the Atacora Fair Partnership™ Women’s Co-Op. These women apply age-old indigenous methods of transformation in our own controlled, clean facility to produce this luxurious body oil.

The money they earn through our Fair Partnership™ provides their families with better access to health care and better nutrition and puts more girls and boys in school.

So when you apply Pure Baobab Body Oil, know that your glowing skin is shining on the financial and cultural wellness of a group of powerful working women and their families.




Company: Atacora
Brand: Atacora
Slogan: The Prebiotic Superfruit
Origin: USA
Category: Skin Care
Packaging: 2oz, 8oz
Claims: Moisturizing, Antioxidant
Price: $14.36 (2oz), 22.36 (8oz)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: atacora.com





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