New Teff Crop

Teff is a fine grain—about the size of a poppy seed—that comes in a variety of colors, from white to dark brown. The new crop is coming up, harvest is later this year due to rainy weather making it difficult to harvest.

It's history traces back thousands of years, to ancient civilizations of Abyssinia, as a reliable support to our early ancestors’ survival. Attracted to its delicious taste, gluten-free composition, and versatility, more consumers are committing to teff. Along with other alternative grains like quinoa and millet, this grain has become well-known in the health foods community because of its great nutritional value.

Being one of the smallest grains in the world, you only need one pound of seed to sow an entire acre. This also means that this grain is hard to clean and cultivate with traditional equipment, making it a grain that is slow to gain ground in the commercial world.

Teff is often used in gluten free baking with other ancient grains such as Quinoa, Amaranth and Chia. Depending on the application, it is used as a whole seed or ground into a flour. Teff has excellent qualities and nutritional values, and being a supplier of teff, we strive to make this difficult grain a commercial reality for suppliers and users around the world, especially those catering to the gluten free market. Teff has been traditionally grown in Africa, especially Ethiopia.

Teff is a warm season annual grass, characterized by a large crown, many tillers, and a shallow diverse root system. Teff germplasm is characterized by a wide variation of morphological and agronomic traits. Plant height varies from 25–135 cm, panicle length 11–63 cm, with spikelet’s numbers per panicle varying from 190– 1410. Panicle types vary from loose, lax, compact, multiple branching multi-lateral and unilateral loose to compact forms.

Packaging is usually specified by the customer, although our most common method is 1000kg tote bags. Most teff is shipped from the processors to warehouses overseas where it is processssed into flour, retail packs or used as an additive in retail or industrial products. To reduce shipping costs, our standard shipping method is in a 20ft dry container, with multiple humidity absorbant packs and lined with corrugated cardboard or kraft paper.

Please email us at sales@tradelinksa.com if you would like more information!