Chufa

Botanic Name Botanic Name Dimension H X W Description Nutritional Advantage
Chufa Cyperus esculentus v. sativus ‘Barcelona’ 1ft x 1ft Also called ground almond, tiger nut, Zulu nut, or earth chestnut, this perennial sedge has been a significant food crop in Asia Minor and Egypt since ancient times, and ranks among the oldest cultivated plants on the planet dating back 6,000 years. It produces many small, delicious, sweet-tasting nutty tubers, which grow underground in a chain-like fashion. The plant is grass-like and grows from 6 – 36 inches tall. They were used to make cakes in ancient Egypt, and presently they are cultivated in Spain as an ingredient in horchata. This is the origin of Tiger Milk. The chufa (or tigernut) tuber is about 30% fat.Chufa is the most important oil staple crop for ameliorating world hunger. Tiger nuts have long been recognized for their nutritional benefits as they have a high content of soluble glucose and oleic acid, along with high energy content (starch, fats, sugars and proteins), they are rich in minerals such as phosphorous and potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron necessary for bones, tissue repair, muscles, the blood stream and for body growth and development and rich in vitamins E and C.
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