TIGER NUTS // Originally from ancient Egypt, currently in Spain where they are called chufas and used made to make horchata drink (horchata de chufa), these mini-tubers contain resistant starch, a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion and feeds the good bacteria in our digestive tract. This resistant starch acts as a mild appetite suppressant and ensures a strong immune system.
In traditional folk medicine, tiger nuts are used to treat upset stomachs, digestive issues and irritable bowls. It is also said that tiger nuts help with erectile dysfunction.
Tiger nuts are extremely high in fiber and protein, minerals, vitamin C and E. They are also rich in monosaturated fats, the healthy fat that is found in olive oil and avocados that is associated with increased levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.
Tiger nuts have a nut-like flavor and texture and are very hard, therefore I soak them in water overnight or 8 hours so they become soft so they can be chewed. I order them from Organic Gemini, a Brooklyn based company where you can buy it in bulk and in flour form.
References: www.thenourishedkitchen.com, www.en.wikipedia.org