Called tiger nut, chufa, yellow nutsedge, earth almond; tiger nuts are not exactly nuts, they are small root vegetables.
Part of our Paleo ancestor’s diet, about 2 million years ago, tiger nut was also one of the first plants cultivated in Ancient Egypt and later forgotten, tiger nut deserves a better place than that which is attributed to it in the gluten-free world.
It can be eaten in its raw form or processed into milk, flour, oil, spreadable cream, it is a tuber with superpowers.
Rich in probiotic fibre, tiger nut is also a source of vitamin E, omega 6, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron; It is a great help for your microbiota thanks to its natural content of resistant starch.
Tiger nut is gluten-free and a perfect snack and match for your AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol Diet – great in eliminating unwanted inflammation). Tiger nut is currently cultivated in Spain and West Africa.
Benefits of Tiger Nuts
- Due to the high cost of milk in the under-developed and developing countries, cheaper alternatives such as the tiger nut milk has been highly acceptable by the people.
- Tiger nuts are a rich source of essential nutrients that are vital for growing children and adults.
- Tiger nuts are an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for building and maintaining healthy/strong bones and teeth.
- Tiger nuts milk is free from lactose, which makes it conducive for lactose intolerant individuals.
- Tiger nuts milk serves as an energy drink.