'Tiger nuts are not nuts at all but the tubers from a grass-like sedge called Cyperus esculentus. Slightly bigger than peanuts, but tasting of almonds and coconut, they can be eaten dug straight from the ground (after washing) and are packed with pre-biotics, fibre and nutrients such as Vitamins C and E. One plant can produce between hundreds and thousands of tubers in one growing season, and they can be grown in containers too.'
Paranthropus boisei, an early hominin that lived in East Africa between 2.3 and 1.2 million years ago, mainly ate tiger-nuts – edible bulbous tubers of the sedge Cyperus esculentus (also known as nut grass, chufa sedge, yellow nutsedge or earth almond), according to a new study involving modern-day baboons.
CYPERUS ESCULENTUS LATIVUM - CHUFA - TIGERNUT The Latin name for the product that Tigernuts Traders mainly deals with is CYPERUS SCULENTUS or CYPERUS ESCULENTUS. In Germany it's known as Tigernuss or Erdmandel and in France as noix tigre or souchet. Characteristics The Tigernut (cyperus sculentus lativum) or 'Chufa' as it is known in Spanish, is not actually a Continue Reading