What is a Tiger Nut? Everything You Need to Know

WHAT IS A TIGER NUT?

Tiger nuts aren’t, in fact, nuts. They are actually edible tubers (yes, like potatoes) that share chemical characteristics with both tubers and nuts. 

Their name comes from their striped coating and they are also known as Tigernuts, Yellow Nutsedge, Chufa or Earth Almond. They have a sweet, nutty flavour and they can be roasted, dried or baked. 

WHERE DO TIGER NUTS COME FROM?

Tiger Nuts are grown around the world in many hot countries, however they are extremely popular in Spain as they are used to make Horchata, a
speciality milk-like drink from Valencia. Horciata is 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.

CAN I BE ALLERGIC TO TIGER NUTS? 

Most tiger nuts are allergen and – of course – nut free. This means that they are completely safe for anyone who has a nut allergy, whilst maintaining similar nutrients and benefits from the nut family. Tiger nut milk is also a great plant-based alternative for anyone with a dairy intolerance. 

CAN I MAKE TIGER NUT MILK AT HOME?

Of course you can, all you need is some amazing quality tiger nuts and a bit of patience. We explain you how to do it in our easy recipe for tiger nut milk, make sure to check it out!

10 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Also known as yellow nutsedge, earth almond or chufa, this ancient tuber has many names and can be enjoyed roasted, dried or raw.
  3. They grow beside The Nile, and have been enjoyed as a milky drink since 4000 BC.
  4. Tiger nuts have been found in the stomachs of mummies and the ancient Egyptians even went as far as engraving them on their tombs.
  5. Tiger nuts are often used as fishing bait.
  6. Egyptians were one of the first to cultivate tigers nuts. They roasted them, served them with honey and boiled them in beer.
  7. They are on track to become a new form of biofuel – an awesome renewable energy resource.
  8. In some parts of the world, the tiger nut plant is treated as a weed because it’s so good at surviving.
  9. The collective noun for tigers is an ambush of tigers – the collective noun for tigers nuts can only be an ambush of tiger nuts.
  10. You can make awesome cocktails with tiger nut milk (well, this is not really a fact but it’s definitely delicious), check out our recipe for Caramel Cocktail.

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.

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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.

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