Fonio is nutritionally dense, rich in important minerals and amino acids, and has a low glycemic index. The grain is tiny when raw but expands over 4x when cooked. It has a light, slightly nutty taste and takes on flavors and seasonings very well.
Fonio is a tiny ancient grain that has been cultivated and prized by cultures across Africa for over 5,000 years. It is nutritious, delicious, cooks in just five minutes, and completely gluten-free. Fonio is prized for its delicate taste and versatility. To the Dogon people of Mali, it is known as the "seed of the universe" the grain from which the whole universe was born. Yolélé's mission is to create economic opportunity for smallholder farming communities. Working with NGO partners on the ground, Yolélé sources exclusively from smallholder farming communities and promotes regenerative farming practices.
Yolélé was founded by industry veteran Philip Teverow and Pierre Thiam, award-winning chef, cookbook author + restaurateur, global ambassador for African cuisine + culture, and longtime advocate for sustainability + biodiversity.