Gofio ( Flour made from roasted grains)


Gofio is a flour made from roasted cereals and can be found in most local supermarkets on The Canary Islands, it is often purchased by the tourist by mistake thinking that it is normal flour, it is used by the islanders as a thickener in soups and soups etc. also added to many dessert recipes. It is very disappointing is used as normal flour for baking.
It very rich in vitamins, protein,fibre and minerals, it is a flour made from roasted  grains, it can be made from beans or some plant roots, but in current times  it is mainly made from several types of cereals  as well as some pulses.
It is thought that it was the main staple diet of the Guanches, the first inhabitants of the Island and that they produced it from barley, it has always been used by the Islanders  especially during the lean years after the Spanish Civil War.

The grains are roasted at a high temperature, which has the effect of partly breaking down the proteins and starch, which in turn makes them more digestible.
Gofio is added  as a thickener to soups and stews etc.  It was mixed with a little water and sugar  then kneaded  to produce a dough mixture,  it tends to be rather dry eaten in this form, but the farm works used to take it with them when working on the fields.
In modern times it is incorporated into many desserts such as Ice Cream, mousses or milk desserts and even cheeses.
When added to hot or cold milk  it will become a thick porridge like mixture to make a healthy breakfast.

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