Gofio is one of those products that, more than a food, becomes a symbol of identity for a place and its people. Originating from the Canary Islands, this ancient food has been the foundation of the Canarian diet since the times of the Guanches, the archipelago’s first inhabitants. Today we discuss this wonder on our FirstMinute Excursions blog.

What is gofio?

Gofio is an unrefined flour, obtained from grinding toasted cereals, mainly wheat and millo (corn), but it can also include barley or even legumes.

Its production is simple but requires a careful process. First, the grains are toasted, giving them that characteristic and distinctive flavor.

Once toasted, the grains are ground in traditional stone mills to obtain a fine flour.

Nutritional properties

Gofio is a highly nutritious food. It is rich in proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Being unrefined, it retains all the properties of the cereal from which it comes.

Moreover, the versatility of gofio is astounding. It can be consumed in many varied ways. For instance, kneaded with water or milk, forming a kind of dough that can be eaten directly or added to stews.

It is also used as a thickener in broths or soups and in shake-type drinks, mixing it with milk and sugar.

Lastly, it is also used to make delicious desserts, such as cakes, ice creams, or mousses.

Cultural significance

For Canarians, gofio is much more than just food. It’s a connection to their history, to past generations that thrived thanks to this versatile cereal. Festivals, contests, and events in the Canary Islands often celebrate and honor the gofio tradition.

For all these reasons, gofio stands as a testimony to the rich history and culture of the Canary Islands. Its unique taste and various preparation methods make it an essential food in Canarian cuisine and, for many, a tangible memory of their homeland.

Gofio is a food that can be enjoyed on our excursions through the islands.