Fonio Grain - 16oz
Fonio just so happens to be prominent right in Atacora's home around Boukombé, Benin!
Fonio starts out looking like a nice, green lawn, and at maturity looks a lot like hay. The seeds are less than a millimeter long and half as wide, and have a husk, necessitating some pretty serious work to make it ready to eat.
Harvest is done BY HAND with HOMEMADE KNIVES. Harvesters make sheaves and set them to dry, before hand-threshing and adolescents stomp the sheaves to remove the grain. It is then winnowed in traditional flat basketry.
Women pound the grain in traditional wooden mortars to remove the husks, and winnow again. The grain is then washed three times to remove sand, redried and cooked.