Banana flour, due to the use of green bananas, has a very mild banana flavour raw and, when cooked, it has an earthy non-banana flavour; it also has a texture reminiscent of lighter wheat flours and requires about 25% less volume, making it a good replacement for white and white whole wheat flour.
Flours, Starches, & Thickeners – A to Z
There are a number of flours used in our recipes or referenced in our world cuisine pages. This is the sub-index for the flours that we have listed in the glossary. Included are information, availability, substitutions, and nutrition, wherever possible.
For people who are not making Latin American food, the primary reason to use tapioca flour is that it is gluten free. It can be used in recipes for cakes, biscuits, and other dishes, either on its own or in combination with other gluten-free flours. The flour has a coarse, mealy texture and a nutty flavour with a faint hint of acidity that can be quite distinctive
Teff Flour is a pleasingly light, uniquely flavoured, 100% whole grain flour. Ethiopian households have been using teff flour in their baking for ages. Teff is a fine grain — about the size of a poppy seed — that comes in a variety of colours, from white and red to dark brown.