Move over quinoa, Fonio’s the new grain in town. Fonio is a nutritious, gluten-free ancient grain that cooks in just FIVE minutes. Fonio is light and fluffy, has a mild, nutty flavor and a great texture that makes it an ideal substitute for rice, couscous, or other grains. It's perfect sweet or savory — in grain bowls, hot cereal, and more. It has a low glycemic index and is rich in minerals and amino acids that are hard to find outside animal proteins.
This grain has been cultivated for over 5,000 years and is grown exclusively by smallholder family farmers across the Sahel Region in West Africa. Fonio thrives in the arid soils of the Sahel, where its deep roots prevent erosion and replace nutrients in the soil, combating the effects of climate change and desertification. Yolélé's mission is to make it possible for farmers to make a living growing fonio, to address environmental challenges, and to introduce exciting African ingredients to the world!
HOW TO USE:
In a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, stir a tsp of any oil into 1/2 cup of fonio until grains are coated and not clumping. Add salt (1/2 tsp) and 1 cup water and stir well. Bring to a boil, then cover, remove from heat, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Fluff gently and rapidly with a fork or by running the thin edge of a spoon back and forth.
In a bowl, stir a tsp of any oil into 1/2 cup of fonio until grains are coated and not clumping. Add salt (1/2 tsp) and 1 cup water and stir well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and cook for 2 minutes. Let it sit for two minutes, covered. Fluff gently and rapidly with a fork or by running the thin edge of a spoon back and forth.
Unlike rice, fonio is very forgiving – if it comes out soggy, cook it for another minute or two. If it comes out dry and undercooked, add a little water and cook again. It always recovers.We recommend 1/4 cup of fonio for 1-2 people (depending on how hungry you are!). Yolélé fonio is pre-washed for your convenience. Make sure you fluff the fonio while it’s hot! Use a cooking vessel that’s slightly larger than you think is appropriate.