Fonio an African ancient grain consider a whole grain, also known as hungry rice, acha, iburura. It is a versatile grain that is beneficial for maintaining health.
Fonio is rich in significant vitamins and minerals. Minerals like, zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium are present in it. Fonio helps in cell functioning because of the abundant amount of vitamin B present in it. It is also a great source of plant-based amino acids.
You can also use Fonio as food. It is considered versatile and easy to cook the grain. On the West African side, it is used as a traditionally cooked food. People cook it in various forms like porridge and like the other grains cook. You can also use it for making baked items.
It holds social and cultural significance in West Africa. Therefore being used at special events and also in ceremonies.
Fonio improves blood sugar management. It also resists digestion and absorption in the small intestine as it contains resistant starch. It is naturally gluten-free, so people with gluten sensitivity can use it safely.