1) What is chufa/tiger nut?
It is neither tiger nor a nut! It is a small root vegetable, also known as a tuber. (Yes, it is harvested in the same way as a potato.)
2) Is chufa a new discovery?
Not at all! According to an Oxford University study, it is an ancient superfood and acts as the main diet of our ancestors in East Africa ~1-2 million years ago! Today, chufa mainly originates from Spain and Africa. Here at Chufula, we get our chufa directly shipped from Valencia, Spain.
3) So... what is so special about chufa?
It is a superfood jam packed with lots of vitamins (C and E) and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus). Besides being a good source of protein, it also contains high amounts of dietary fibre that aids in digestion.
4) Is chufa suitable for diabetics?
Yes. It has Low glycaemic index (GI). The high non-soluble fibre content helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
An ancient superfood rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, chufa is small but mighty