Did you know a Tiger Nut is not really a nut?
We are pleased to offer our newest featured product, the Tiger Nuts. Grown in Spain also known as earth almond, chufa, and by its Botanical name, Cyperus esculentus L. These small, wrinkled Tiger nuts are known to be one the first foods cultivated by early humans. Despite its name Tiger Nut is actually a tuber, and not a nut. Known to be high in fiber, phosphorus, Potassium and vitamins C & E. Tiger nuts are also known to be a good source of prebiotics. Tiger nuts can be can be ground to make flour which can be used as an alternative for gluten free cooking and baking. They can be roasted and eaten as a snack, or soaked to make a nutrient filled dairy free milk. http://www.zenoobi.com/collections/tiger-nuts/products/tiger-nuts
Milk made up of Tiger Nuts is called horchata de chufa in Spain and Kannu Aya in Nigeria.
Horchata de chufa Recipe
In Spain, Tiger nuts are used to make a drink called "Horchata". Horchata is a great alternative to cow's milk. This delicious drink is naturally creamy, sweet and offers a rich nutty flavour. Here is a recipe courtesy of chowhound.com.
- 1 package chufa nuts (about 3 ounces)
- 12 ounces water
- 3 teaspoons sugar (optional)
- Cinnamon stick
Soak chufa nuts in water for 24 hours. Strain and grind the nuts in a blender or food processor to a soft paste, adding water if needed. Add 12 ounces of water and cinnamon stick. Refrigerate for two hours. Add sugar if desired and stir until dissolved. Remove the cinnamon stick and pour through a fine mesh strainer, then a fine cloth filter until the liquid has no large particles. Serve cold.