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
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
Jollof rice is a dish that is very popular along the coast of West Africa. The main ingredients used in the preparation of jollof rice are rice and tomatoes, with various meats, spices and vegetables added to the dish depending on where the meal is being prepared. The dish is believed to have originated among… Continue reading Jollof Rice
Stockfish describes fish (usually unsalted cod) that is dried in cold air for up to 3 months. Its complex pungent flavour is key in so many Nigerian dishes, that it is hard to imagine that stockfish originates not from West Africa, but halfway around the world on the Arctic shores of Norway! Fish are Norway's… Continue reading Where Does Stockfish Come From?