Rediscovering the Lost Grain
“Rediscovering the Lost Grain”
One of the founders of Berhan Grains had a vision of a sun dawning above the forested hills over a small countryside village in Ethiopia, an image not unlike the landscape she grew up in. The imagery of this vision reflects the meaning of Berhan, an Amharic word for “light”, as well as the mission for this company- to introduce you to teff and use this amazing grain as a portal into the heart of Ethiopian/Eritrean culture, history, and of course, cooking.
So what does it mean to “rediscover the lost grain”?
Teff is named after the Amharic word for “lost”, probably due to the tiny size of the grain. In fact, one teff grain is 150 times smaller than one grain of wheat, so it makes sense to see this grain being named as something that’s easy to lose!
As an Ethiopian-Canadian family, the idea of “Rediscovering” teff acknowledges and honours our ancestors that have been cultivating teff for thousands of years, as well as all of the pioneers that have worked tirelessly in spreading teff and its health benefits to the international grains market. This slogan also foreshadows our goal of making new breakthroughs and discoveries for various benefits, uses and methods for teff.
Re-discovering the lost grain is all about bringing teff, an African ancient-grain, and showing you how to incorporate it into your diet, while we introduce you to the amazing diet, culture, and history surrounding teff!