You’ve periodically asked us for Tiger Nuts over the last few years and we haven’t been unable to source them…. but ‘Ceres’ have finally bought them to Aotearoa for us!
The Tiger Nut (cyperus esculentus lativum) or chufa is a a root tuber and traditional food from Africa, Tiger Nuts are beneficial to your gut flora and immune system, as the resistant starch is high in prebiotic value.
Also beneficial to insulin levels, high in magnesium, other minerals, and loaded with important fatty acids. They are just fine for someone with a nut allergy (as they are a root tuber) and for those doing the paleo ‘thing’.
Ideal as a slow release energy snack for active sports people. It may even give you a stamina edge over competitors.
Tiger nuts can be made into a milk, traditionally known as ‘horchata’ on the mediterranean coast. Often eaten dried, they are also versatile and delicious when soaked (plump and tasty after about four hours).
Gluten free tigernut flour has a unique sweet taste and is packed with fibre, we are still experimenting with it, but will post a recipe soon.