Forget quinoa: meet fonio, the ancient “miracle grain”. Renowned Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam recently gave an impassioned talk at TED Global in Tanzania, presenting his vision for the versatile grain native to Senegal — and what Léopold Sédar Senghor called “the rendezvous of giving and receiving.”

Pierre has been a friend and advisor to Abracadabra since the beginning, and you can find a number of fonio recipes on our menu, including our fonio-and-bissap stuffed tomatoes as well as fonio crackers, porridge, and salads.

Watch Pierre’s talk below and click through to the TED blog, where he also shares his recipe for vegetarian fonio sushi.