WHAT IS A TIGER NUT?
Spoiler alert: no we didn’t castrate the Frosties mascot. Tiger nuts (also known as Tigernuts, Yellow Nutsedge, Earth Almond or Chufa) aren’t nuts, and they have nothing to do with tigers. They grow underground and their name comes from their stripy tigerprint like coating, which makes them the most glamorous tuber in our book. This also means they are safe for anyone with a nut allergy. Have no fear to consume this legume.
WHERE DO TIGER NUTS COME FROM?
Tiger Nuts have an international reputation. Horchata, a drink made from tiger nuts, is a speciality of Valencia. It’s creamy with a hint of sweetness, and is enjoyed over ice. In Mexico, they prefer it hot with cinnamon and vanilla. The ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate Tiger Nuts and even engraved drawings of them in their tombs. They’re almost as (tiger) nuts as we are.
WHAT DO TIGER NUTS TASTE LIKE?
They are naturally sweet, creamy and offer luxurious, rich and nutty flavour…and tiger nut drink is no different.
9 FACTS ABOUT TIGER NUTS
They’re like Arnold Schwarzenegger; there isn’t much they can’t do. Here are 9 facts. Believe it or nut.
- Tiger nuts aren’t nuts, they’re part of the tuber vegetable family. They have more in common with an artichoke than a nut and are known for their powers.
- Also known as yellow nutsedge, earth almond or chufa, this ancient tuber has many names and can be enjoyed roasted, dried or raw.
- They grow beside The Nile, and have been enjoyed as a milky drink since 4000 BC.
- Tiger nuts have been found in the stomachs of mummies and the ancient Egyptians even went as far as engraving them on their tombs.
- Tiger nuts are often used as fishing bait.
- Egyptians were one of the first to cultivate tigers nuts. They roasted them, served them with honey and boiled them in beer.
- They are on track to become a new form of biofuel – an awesome renewable energy resource.
- In some parts of the world, the tiger nut plant is treated as a weed because it’s so good at surviving.
- The collective noun for tigers is an ambush of tigers – the collective noun for tigers nuts can only be an ambush of tiger nuts.
TIGER NUT DRINK: THE DRINK THAT ROARS
Introducing the WILD card of Dairy-Free Drinks and UK’s first Tiger Nut Drink. Made with 6% organic African tiger nuts, spring water, organic rice and a pinch of sea salt, this is a brand new, fiercely tasty recipe. Nothing artificial. Nothing refined.
HOW DO WE LIKE IT?
From porridge and pancakes to cocktails and cookies – tiger nut milk’s natural creamy sweetness makes it a fabulously diverse ingredient. Y viva Valencia: Cold with lots of ice before a siesta. Y viva Tijuana: Hot and spiced with cinnamon on a winter evening. Y viva Edinburgh: In a rich, creamy porridge before a hike. Find full recipe inspiration here.