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Teff

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Teff or Tef (Eragrostis tef, Amharic ጤፍ) is a species of lovegrass native to northeastern Africa. It is similar to millet in nutrition and in cooking, but the seed is much smaller.

Teff is an important food grain in Ethiopia and Eritrea, where it is used to make injera, and more or less in India and Australia. Because of its small seeds (less than 1 mm diameter), one can hold enough to sow an entire field in one hand. This property makes teff particularly suited to a seminomadic lifestyle.

Common Names include Teff, Lovegrass, Annual Bunch Grass (English); Tef (Amharic); Tafi (Oromo; Taf (Tigrigna); Mil éthiopien (French). It is also written as Ttheff, Tteff, Thaff, Tcheff, Thaft, Tcheff (Anon. 1887). The word tef is thought to originate from the Amharic word teffa, which means "lost" (due to small size of the grain), or from the Arabic word tahf used by Semites in South Arabia.

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