The most powerful bulb on the earth. Nut it out! This inconspicuous plant has a great power in it.
Chufa sedge (Lat.: cyperus esculantus) was first mentioned in ancient Egypt where its nourishing and regenerative properties were highly valued. Chufa fruits are sweet almond taste but are not nuts. They do not sensitize. They perfectly prove their value for those who are on a diet: people suffering from diabetes and fructose intolerance, applying gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan or paleo diets.
Chufas can be eaten raw, roasted, boiled or as an addition to cocktails. Before the consumption it is worth washing and soaking them in water for 24 hours, thanks to which they gain exceptional crunchiness, and their taste becomes even more distinct and juicy. They contain high quantities of resistant starch, which has a positive effect on the digestive system.
They are a source of vitamins E, C and B6, folic acid; they contain magnesium, potassium, phosphor, calcium and iron. They are rich in amino acids, including arginine – a nearly perfect supplement. Chufas are a natural source of dietary fiber and substantial unsaturated acids.
Chufa is the bulb of the chufa sedge (Cyperus esculentus). It is also known as tigernut, earth almond etc.
Tigernuts made an important source of food already for ancient Egyptians, who valued them for their medical and regenerative properties, as well as those giving strength and vigor. They made an important element of their diet. Even today their remnants are found at archeological excavations from that period. However, people had eaten them with pleasure much earlier.
As it turns out, the bulbs of chufa sedge were the staple food of Paranthropus boisei, an early human species living in Eastern Africa 2.3-1.2 million years ago. They probably constituted 80% of their diet, which is nothing strange, since even today it is called a survival food, rich in all macronutrients, as well as in minerals and vitamins. In addition, a considerable amount of carbohydrates and good fats enriched the brain work of our far ancestors, and provided them with a great deal of strength and energy.