A relatively new product on the market is the tiger nut. Another word for this is chufa, which is the name of the Spanish plant. The Swedes call them jordmandlar which loosely translates to “soil almonds”.
Tiger nuts are acturally the roots or knobby roots from a grasslike, herbaceous plant. You buy them washed and peeled. They have high fiber content and contain a lot of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and iron.
I bought a bag partly because I am curious about everything that is raw food, but partly also because it said on the packaging that they would taste like a mix between almonds and coconut. And that sounded yummy, right?.
What are then my thoughts on tiger nuts, chufa?
Well, they remind me a bit of pistachios with their lumpy appearance. They are not hard or crunchy like an almond, but instead a bit chewy. The flavor is nutty with a sweet under tone of coconut.
Definately delicious and a bit fun to nibble on.
And then you can make milk out of them.
Tiger Nut Milk
Now you can make your own Horchata de Chufa which is the name of the Spanish beverage made from tiger nuts, common in the Valencia area. It is always served chilled.
What are you thoughts on tiger nuts?
Do you like them?