Have You Ever Tried Tigernuts? They Are a Healthy Nut and Milk Substitute

Horchata (milky beverage) is a popular drink in Valencia, Spain, made from tigernuts. (Image: www.tienda.com)
Horchata (milky beverage) is a popular drink in Valencia, Spain, made from tigernuts. (Image: www.tienda.com)

Tigernuts are also called “chufa.” They are a tiny tuber found growing just below the soils’ surface, and are thought to be one of the first foods ever cultivated  by humans in Africa.

They are soft, sweet, and have a nutty flavor when soaked overnight in water. You can use them as a nut substitute if you have nut allergies, or as a milk substitute if you are lactose intolerant.

Today, tigernuts are a traditional food in Nigeria and Spain, and are known for their rich mineral and oleic oil (good fat) content. They are also a source of protein and are high in fiber, which gives you a feeling of fullness, suppressing your appetite.

Tigernuts have also been used in folk medicine to cure tummy problems because they are a prebiotic food, so they promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut.

Traditionally, in Spain they blend the softened tubers to make a nutritious milky drink called “horchata.” It tastes sweet, much like almond milk, so it makes a refreshing and wholesome beverage, traditionally served cold. But I think children would enjoy sipping warm “tiger milk” listening to their favorite bedtime story, don’t you?

 

 

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