Fonio is one of the most nutritious of all grains. It is rich in methionine and cystine, amino acids vital to human health and deficient in today's major cereals: wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, barley, and rye. This combination of nutrition and taste could be of outstanding future importance.
Fonio can be found in some specialty stores or online sources, including the United States sources listed below:
Odyssey African Market
1124 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tel: 718-789-7077 or 718-206-1594
107-14 Guy Brewer
M.T.T. Sales & Service Corporation
1193 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Other African markets in the United States are also likely to carry fonio.
2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add fonio and sautèed sesame seeds. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 7 more minutes until all water is absorbed. Stir to fluff. Can be eaten as a side dish with fish or chicken.
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From Yolele!: Recipes from the Heart of Senegal by Pierre Thiam (Lake Isle Press, 2008). Copyright 2008 by Pierre Thiam.