Tiger nuts, also called chufa, are not nuts, they are small root vegetables which comprised 80% of our Paleo ancestors’ diet some 2 million years ago.
Tiger nuts or Cyperus esculentus, (also called chufa sedge, nut grass, yellow nutsedge, or earth almond) is a crop of the sedge family. This ancient superfood is soft, sweet, and has a nutty flavor when soaked overnight in water. The can be used as a nut substitute if one has nut allergies, or as a milk substitute if lactose intolerant.
Today, tiger nuts 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, which gives one a feeling of fullness, suppressing your appetite.
Tiger nuts have also been used in folk medicine to cure tummy problems because they are a prebiotic food. Prebiotics act as food for your body’s natural organisms. They help the gut’s natural probiotics thrive. A single ounce has 40% of our daily recommended fiber.
Probiotics present in all diets that aim to loose weight and are widely found in foods such as prunes, chia seeds, or whole grains. However, it is proven that fiber levels found in the tiger nuts are superior. This is why these tubers are now beginning to get more and more popular. The increasing consumption of tiger nut flour may seem novel, but it has been made since ancient times. Now that there is a great demand for new products and healthy flavors, when the popularity of the tiger nut begins to spread around the world.
Traditionally, in Spain they blend the softened tubers to make a nutritious milky drink called “horchata” or tiger milk. It tastes sweet, much like almond milk, so it makes a refreshing and wholesome beverage, traditionally served cold.