The Tigernut (cyperus sculentus lativum) or 'Chufa' as it is known in Spanish, is not actually a nut, but a small tuber.
It was first discovered 4000 years ago.
The Tigernut is a tuber that has been used for centuries in an important part of Africa.
The ancient Egyptians, one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity, already used this food for its magnificent healing and regenerative properties.
Evidence of how valuable Tigernuts were for the Egyptians is given by the fact that Tigernuts were found in some sarcophagi, where it is known that the Egyptians were buried with their most valuable possessions. Since those times, or even before, different civilizations have given the Tigernut a fundamental role in a balanced and healthy diet.
Tigernuts have long been recognised for their health benefits, as they are:
- high in fiber
- natural sugars
- zero cholersterol
- low in calories
- good source of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium
The Tigernut has a rough, rounded shape and a certain earth-like color, since it is buried there until it is removed for consumption. The plant has characteristic intense green leafs that can be seen very often in some fields of African countries and in some villages in the coastal Valencia.
Great as a snack to curb that hunger pain in the afternoon, add them to your morning cereals, and try soaking them for up to 4 hours to make them soft and chewy again.