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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Seed - cooked. It is used as a cereal for making bread and as a fermented food[1][2][3][4]. 'Enjera' is a fermented pancake-like bread that is a made from this grain in Ethiopia where it is a staple food[4]. The bread is spongy, soft, thin and sour tasting[4]. The seed is very small but easy to harvest[K]. Protein content is around 13%.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Eragrostis tef.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Eragrostis tef.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse, only just covering the seed. Germination is usually very quick and free. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out after the last expected frosts. The seed can also be sown in situ in late April, but in cool summers this might not give a long enough growing season to ripen the crop[5].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any good loam or humus-rich soil in a sunny position[6]. Tef is cultivated for its seed in Ethiopia where it is a staple crop, there are many named varieties[1][4]. It is occasionally cultivated for its seed in Europe[7] but is more commonly grown as an ornamental[6]. Plants can mature in 4 months from seed in warm climates[8], the crop is more problematic in Britain due to the cooler summers[K]. Plants tend to lodge[8].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Eragrostis tef.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Eragrostis tef
Genus
Eragrostis
Family
Gramineae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
    3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.4 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Natural Food Institute, Wonder Crops. 1987. ()

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