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Monday, January 31, 2011

TIGER NUTS: MEDICINAL BENEFITS AND USES OF TIGER NUTS: TIGER NUT MILK RECIPE


TIGER NUTS, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS, CHUFA
Tiger nuts, from the Cyperus family have been with us for millennia. They were cultivated by the ancient Egyptians and found in paintings in the tomb of Rekhmire. In the tomb was an inscription detailing how to make small loaves of a mixture of tiger nuts and honey. This is that ancient recipe: - First of all a quantity of tiger nuts should be ground in a mortar until they are of the consistency of flour. Put this in a bowl with honey and mix to form a dough. Then put the mixture in a pan with a little fat and cook over a low fire until a firm paste has formed. This should smell toasted but not burnt. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool then take a little of the paste at a time and form into conical “loaves.” This was probably one of Rekhmire’s favourite foods and the recipe would have been written down so that it could be made for him in the next world.
   Cyperus esculentus loves to grow in marshy ground and is a member of the sedge family so it is a relative of Nut Grass. It is also known as Yellow Nut Sedge. Other names for tiger nuts include Earth almond and Zulu nuts. It is related to Cyperus papyrus which grew abundantly in ancient Egypt along the banks of the Nile, and from which paper was made. It is also related to Cyperus rotunda which grows in south Asia. The later has been used in the Indian subcontinent in medicine for centuries, as a remedy for all manner of ailments. Medical trials of this have shown that it has anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties and it is useful in the treatment of atherosclerosis. This plant is known as motha or nagarmotha in Hindi and mustak or mustaki in Sanskrit. It has been proven to have potent antioxidant properties just like the tiger nuts from Cyperus esculentus, which come from Spain, and are cultivated in the Valencia area.
tiger nut crop drying
   Spanish tiger nuts have come under close scrutiny lately and it has been found that the oil obtained from them has similar properties to olive oil. This plant’s aerial parts look like those of rice or vetiver. Tiger nuts are also more nutritious (and I think tastier than peanuts). They contain minerals: - chromium, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc, and have a high vitamin E and C content. Apart from all these beneficial ingredients, they also contain all the amino acids and some of the B-complex vitamins. They are suitable for diabetics and can be eaten raw, roasted or dried.
   They have been known for 4000 years, and are not actually a nut but a small tuber, which is high in fibre, proteins and natural sugars. They are a good source of energy and have a rather curious flavour, which is a little like caramel, and this is perhaps more pronounced because they are chewy.
   Tiger nuts are grown from April through to September, the dried during September and October until they are finally harvested in November/December. Like rice they need irrigation on a weekly basis, and seem to be particularly well adapted to the climate around the Spanish Mediterranean coast. They are also grown in Egypt where they are used in perfumes, food and medicine. You may have had ice cream flavoured with them or biscuits. It has been shown that they can help prevent heart attacks and thrombosis and that they increase blood circulation, as they, as well as their Asian relatives have potent antioxidant properties. They can also help to decrease the risk of some cancers including colon cancer partly due it would appear to the high content of soluble glucose in the nuts.
   Keen anglers love tiger nuts as they are an excellent bait for carp. Another interesting fact about the Cyperus rotunda from Asia is that it is used to increase the size of female breasts! (So is imli or tamarind of course.) Cyperus esculentus is classed as a noxious weed in California and is on the B list there.
 In Ayurvedic medicine, rotunda is used for mental problems including psychosis, as an emmenogogue, for wound healing, for poor eyesight, to regulate body weight, improve digestion, for skin disorders, as well as for helping uterine contractions in child birth.
  Below is a recipe for a refreshing drink which has been made in Spain for centuries.

HOCHATA DE CHUFAS (TIGER NUT “MILK”)
Ingredients
250 gr tiger nuts
200 gr sugar
1½ litres of water
lemon rind, grated
1 cinnamon stick and a little cinnamon powder

Method
Soak the tiger nuts in several changes of water for 24 hours.
Grind the tiger nuts and then blend with the lemon zest in ½ litre of water.
Add the rest of the water and stir well, then strain through a layer of cloth.
Now add the sugar and cinnamon stick and keep stirring it until the sugar dissolves.
Put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours and serve in glasses of crushed ice, sprinkled with a little cinnamon powder.
This has Taste and is a Treat.

46 comments:

  1. i want to know how i can use the tiger nuts to cure diabetics

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  2. As far as we know you can't cure diabetes-with tiger nuts or anything else. You need a trained physician to help deal with this problem and should only take medication prescribed by him/her.
    If you eat chong or karella these help but do not cure.

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  3. why is it tiger nut is not good for people with O+ blood group

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  4. The idea that tiger nuts are not good for those with O positive blood is taken from the work of Peter D'Adamo, published in 1996.He claims that this is the most primitive blood group ad so cultivated nuts and some grains should be avoided. However others suggest that tiger nuts should be avoided because of their sodium content. No other research has been carried out to support this, so as long as you eat tiger nuts in moderation, and do not have a problem with sodium intake, you should be fine.

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  5. what sexual benefits do tiger nuts have on males

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  6. None unless you have a healthy balanced diet. They do help in the long term if you have an erectile dysfunction. Nothing works overnight. A balanced healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals, and an intake of red fruits which will reduce the risk of prostate cancer is what you need.

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  7. Does tiger nut help in sperm production?

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  8. Not on their own. You have to have a nutritious, well-balanced diet and potassium and zinc rich foods. Try pumpkin seeds and flax seeds.

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  9. Do you please know the arabic name of Tiger nut? Aslo is it true that this oil is an excellent hair removal?

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  10. please i want to find out if there is any benefit in chewing the nut and swallowing it together with juice?because some people do in my country Ghana even me

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    1. If you chew and throw it away the fiber is lost. The fiber aids digestion and helps with weight loss. You waste it if you spi it out.

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  11. Depends what juice you use I suppose. Why not try the tiger Nut Milk recipe.

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  12. Any benefits for weight loss?

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  13. ha... heard its good for the male sexual organ,...how true is that?

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  14. This has been answered in the comments above. Why not try them and find out for yourself? Perhaps you'd let us know how your experiment goes....

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  15. do tiger nuts aid weight loss or do they contribute to weight gain?

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  16. do the taking of tiger nuts have special effect on females

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  17. Where can I buy tiger nuts fresh in U.S. AS a child in Nigeria I once enjoyed them as a snack.

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    1. Try any African Market, I got mine at the Africn market in Federal Way Washington State

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    2. Hi!Am from norrthern nigeria and tiger nuts are taken in large quantities. Our people believe tiger nut milk enhances the sexual experience for a woman, however I am yet to see any scientific evidence on that. We make the tiger nut milk with coconut and dates blended together. Are this ingredients responsible or is just the tiger nut milk.

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  18. How can tiger nut be used to increase breast size

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    1. Eat the nuts or have them in the drink- tiger nut milk.

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    2. It can increase your breast size? How does it do that?

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  19. is tiger nut good for persons wiyh blood o-? Amoah

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  20. Tiger nuts are fine whatever your blood group as long as you eat them in moderation and have a balanced diet.

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  21. Where one can buy tiger nuts in the USA?

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  22. We have Tiger Nuts in abundant in my country(Nigeria),please how can i get international market for the supply of the nuts?

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  23. After having enjoyed tiger nuts all my life, either raw after soaking them in water, or in horchata, I had a severe allergic reaction to them two years ago, my air-passages swelled up and almost died... I cannot believe this happened to me. Is there any chemical they spray on them for longer-lasting shelf life or shipping??

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  24. what do you gain from chewing Tiger nut?

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  25. Vıtamıns and mınerals as ıt says ın the post.

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  26. Tigernuts really help in breast size increment?

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  27. I understands tiger nut roots increases the size of the penis, how far truth is this statement.

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  28. Is the fiber meant to be swallowed or thrown away after chewing the nut

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  29. Does tiger nut helps or enhances breast milk in women for a breast feeding mother?

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  30. Does tiger nut help in sexual enhancement

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  31. I have been enjoying tiger nut without knowing its benefits

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  32. This fruit is in abundant in Ghana. Please how do i get a buyer

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  33. I just had a large quantity of tiger nut today, but I feel weak! Why is that?

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  34. Hi Everyone, if you would like to try Tiger Nuts for the first time or remember what they great taste is like, you will find them at our web site www.tigernutsusa.com

    Take the tour of the web site and you will find pretty much everything you need to know about Tiger Nuts, enjoy!

    Jack - Chief Nut at www.tigernutsusa.com

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  35. how long would one eat d nuts b4 gettin result.

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  36. If tiger nuts can be used to loose weight, what is the recipe?

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  37. Which additive can be added to increase the shelf life of the juice?

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