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Tiger nut 250 g
Description: Organic tiger nut
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The tiger nut (Cyperus esculentus L. var. sativus Boeck, Cyperaceae family) is a tuber rich in nutrients containing minerals (phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron) vitamins C and E, fibre, sugars, proteins rich in essential amino acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Horchata is obtained from this tuber, a very popular drink in Spain that is increasingly consumed in other countries. Horchata not only has a delicious flavour, it also helps to prevent cardiovascular problems and it is recommended for those with digestive problems.
The tiger nut is a nutritious food with a delicious taste. Prepare your own horchata with our organic chufa de Valencia tiger nuts or enjoy them raw, soaked in advance for 24 hours!
The yellow nutsedge, chufa sedge or tiger nut (Cyperus esculentus L. var. sativus Boeck, Cyperaceae family) is a perennial plant with elongated leaves that can grow up to 1 metre and produces edible tubers known as the tiger nut. These tubers measure between 0.9 and 1.6 cm in length, and 0.7 and 1.1 cm in width (1-2).
In Spain, tiger nut cultivation is concentrated in the Valencia region (more specifically the Horta Nord area), where it has a long tradition and economic importance. The tubers are planted during April, and a constant supply of water is crucial during their growth cycle. Harvesting takes place in November and December: the aerial part of the plant is removed and the soil is turned over to extract the tubers (3).
Use of tiger nuts as food dates back thousands of years, and tiger nut tubers have been found in the sarcophagi and tombs of the first Egyptian dynasties. In Tutankhamun's tomb, the remains of tiger nuts were found among the delicacies the Egyptians offered to their pharaoh on his journey to the other world (4).
Cultivation of tiger nuts originated in Egypt, and spread throughout North Africa. They arrived on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages through Islamic culture, which spread cultivation of tiger nuts across the Mediterranean area now known as the Community of Valencia (Spain).
The tiger nut is a tuber rich in nutrients: it contains minerals (phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron) vitamins C and E, fibre, sugars, proteins (rich in essential amino acids) and unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid) (5).
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- Product Name: Tiger nut from organic farming
- Scientific name: Cyperus esculentus L. var. sativus Boeck.
- Part used: Tuber
Tiger nuts also have multiple health benefits linked to their high fibre content: they activate blood circulation, have cardioprotective properties, and help to prevent numerous diseases such as gastrointestinal problems, diabetes and obesity (5-7).
According to Ayurvedic medicine, tiger nuts can also be used for their aphrodisiac properties. In the Middle East, they are known as “Hab Al-zulom” (the seeds of men) and are often given to grooms on their honeymoon as a sexual invigorator (8).
You can enjoy the health benefits and pleasant taste of tiger nuts in different ways: in horchata, and as flavouring in ice cream, jams and pastries. The easiest method is to soak the raw tiger nuts for at least 24 hours before consuming.
Horchata is a drink made from tiger nuts, water and sugar. Follow these steps to prepare our own horchata (9-10).
- 250 g of organic tiger nuts
- 1 litre of water
- 125 g sugar
- Soak the tiger nuts for 24 to 48 hours. Change the water several times.
- After 24 to 48 hours, place the tiger nuts in a bowl with a glass of water (250 ml) and slowly crush the tiger nuts with a little water using a blender. Once all of the tiger nuts have been crushed, pass them through a funnel-shaped strainer (Chinese strainer) to remove impurities and drain the tiger nuts a little more. Throw away the leftover paste.
- After straining the entire mixture, add the rest of the water and sugar, blend it again using the blender and leave it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Consume cold on the day of preparation and shake before serving.
The beneficial properties of tiger nuts and horchata have been the subject of various studies.
Tiger nuts contain important nutrients, some of them essential micro and macronutrients necessary for maintaining good health. One study analysing the phytochemical composition of tiger nut tubers and their biochemical effects concluded that their consumption reduced blood glucose levels (11).
It has also been found that horchata can be effective in preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), since consuming it can activate blood circulation and help to prevent cardiac problems. These properties have been linked to its unsaturated fatty acids and arginine, an amino acid precursor of nitric oxide (5).
Finally, the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties of tiger nuts were evaluated in a short-term study. In this study, it was concluded that supplementing a low-calorie diet with tiger nut flour could aid weight loss and bring an improvement in metabolic disorders in patients with diabetes and obesity (12).
- Pascual España (2002) La chufa (Cyperus esculentus L. var. Sativus Boeck.): un cultivo típicamente valenciano. En: http://www.magrama.gob.es/ministerio/pags/Biblioteca/Revistas/pdf_Agri%2FAgri_2002_838_294_298.pdf
- Codina Torrella (2014) Optimización del proceso de elaboración y aplicación de la homogenización a ultra alta presión como tecnología de conservación de licuado de chufa. Tesis Doctoral, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- Montaño-Mata and García (2012) Sintomatología y control de la necrosis foliar de la chufa (Cyperus esculentus L.). Revista Científica UDO Agrícola 12 (3): 627-638.
- Sánchez-Zapata et al. (2012) Tiger nut (Cyperus esculentus) commercialization: health aspects, composition, properties and food applications. Compr Rev Food Sci Food Saf 11: 366-377.
- Badejo et al. (2014) Processing effects on the antioxidant activities of beverage blends developed from Cyperus esculentus, Hibiscus sabdariffa,and Moringa oleifera extracts. Prev Nutr Food Sci 19(3):227-233.
- Adejuyitan (2011) Tigernut processing: its food uses and health benefits. Am J Food Technol 6:197–201.
- Allouh et al. (2015) Influence of Cyperus esculentus tubers (Tiger Nut) on male rat copulatory behaviour. BMC Complement Altern Med 15: 331.
- Chukwuma et al. (2010) The phytochemical composition and some biochemical effects of Nigerian tigernut (Cyperus esculentus L.) tuber. Pak J Nutr 9(7): 709–15.
- El-Shebini et al. (2010) Effect of regular consumption of tiger nut (Cyperus esculentus) on insulin resistance and tumor necrosis factor-alpha in obese type 2 diabetic Egyptian women. Med. J. Cairo Univ 78 (2): 607-614.
Ingredients: Organic tiger nut Consulting batch information
Tiger nut tuber (Cyperus esculentus L. var. sativus Boeck.) (from organic farming).
This product does not contain allergens (in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011) nor genetically modified organisms.
ORGANIC TIGER NUT: NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Use: Organic tiger nut Consulting batch information
Soak the tiger nut for 24 hours before consuming. It can be used for prepare horchata.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
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FABRICATION AND GUARANTEE:
This food is manufactured under a GMP-compliant. GMPs are the good manufacturing practice guidelines for the European food industry.