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Organic Fonio

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Organic Fonio is a seed that works like a grain – move over Quinoa!

Organic Fonio is nothing new, but its debut in the health food world is. It is a source of protein and is a perfect addition to a vegan or vegetarian diet, due to its high amounts of the amino acids methionine and cysteine.  Just one serving of fonio contains around 10% of an adult’s daily recommended intake of amino acids.

It is the smallest seed in the millet family and can be used in so many ways. This ancient food is classed as a ‘pseudo-grain’ because although we use it as a grain it is actually a seed.   This means it is higher in nutrients and protein than most grains.

Our organic fonio hails from Burkino Faso which is a mountainous area of Western Africa.  It has been a staple food for there thousands of years and it works well in a wide range of sweet and savoury recipes.

We stock a wide range of naturally gluten free grains and ‘pseudo grains’. Try our Organic Red Quinoa or Organic Buckwheat Groats.

Ingredients: Organic Fonio

Origin: Burkino Faso

Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.


Nutritional Information

Typical Nutrient Values: Amount per 100g:
Energy 1359kj/325kcal
Fat 0.5g
of which saturates 0.2g
Carbohydrate 76.8g
of which sugars 0.6g
Fibre 7.2g
Protein 7.3g
Salt 0.01g

Cooking Instructions

  1. Rinse and clean Fonio until water runs clear.
  2. Bring 1 cup water to the boil
  3. Add 1 cup fonio and a tablespoon of salt.
  4. Turn heat to low.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes until the water is absorbed
  6. Fluff with fork and then cover again for 5 to 10 minutes.


For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight.  Store in a tightly sealed bag or container.


Family Tips

  1. Fonio can be boiled, drained and used as a gluten free alternative to bulgar wheat in tabbouleh style dishes.
  2. Try using fonio as a base in plant based burgers!
  3. If you want an alternative to porridge oats then try fonio cooked in the same way.  Just add fruit, nuts and honey.