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TIGER NUTS  (Cyperus esculentus)


Also known as: earth almonds, chufa, flatsedge or yellow nutsedge.


Tiger nuts


Tiger nuts are an ancient food and one that the human paleo ancestors thrived on. They are not actually nuts but tiny tubers that are grown in crops similar to potatoes and actually resemble grasses. It is possible to grow them in many parts of the world and their popularity is growing steadily due to the nutrient-dense tubers which provide many health benefits. and because they are suitable for those with allergies to gluten, nuts or dairy products. They taste sweet with a hint of coconut and can be made into flour and, in Spain, they are used to make 'horchata de chufa' (tiger nut milk). This makes a good alternative to other types of milk being lactose and A2 protein free.


The tiger nut grass


They are a very rich source of fibre and therefore good to include in the diet especially for weight loss and individuals with diabetes. They can also reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and the risk of cardio vascular disease if consumed regularly. Because they act as a prebiotic they are also good for gut flora which can improve the overall health of both body and mind.


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Tiger nuts
Tiger nuts


They are a very rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and E. Vitamins C and E must be consumed at the same time as they have an effect individually on minerals such as iron, manganese and zinc. Tiger nuts are one way to consume these vitamins in sufficient amounts together.


Magnesium is necessary for kidney care and the prevention of menstrual problems. It also has a role in maintaining the body pH of the body and this can help to avoid and treat dermatitis and fungal infections.


Twenty-five tiger nuts provide 139 mg of potassium which is vital for many body processes and too little can cause arrhythmia, constipation fatigue, low blood pressure and muscle weakness.


Tiger nuts are also a good source of protein and the rich amino acids contained in them are higher than many other foods.


Tiger nuts can be prepared and used just like real nuts for any recipe that includes nuts. Try grinding them into drinks and on to meals

Tiger nut stems
Tiger nut stem heads

The oil made from tiger nuts has high levels of oleic acid (monounsaturated) which is good for the skin and many other tissues in the body.

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