Teff: Part 2—The Battle for Teff

How did Ethiopia lose intellectual property rights for teff?   There has been a battle for the ownership of teff since 2003, when Dutchman Jans Roosjen registered himself with the European Patent Office and copywriters in the USA and Japan, as the "inventor" of teff flour and its associated by-products. But how could a foreigner… Continue reading Teff: Part 2—The Battle for Teff

Teff: Part 1—The Superfood

It is hard to resist a plate of injera. But did you know that this Ethiopian delicacy is made from the flour of a grain named teff? With the botanical name “Eragrostis tef”, this species is native to Ethiopia and Eritrea, where it was domesticated between 4000-1000 BC, making it one of the earliest cultivated… Continue reading Teff: Part 1—The Superfood