Tiger nuts are the new best thing. Their ability to give a flavour that hints such combination of almonds and coconuts.
Their name is as a result of their colour which mimics Tiger stripes. These not nuts, can be eaten fresh from the ground or as flour or milk. They can also be dried to improve shelf life yet retaining their numerous health benefits.
These nuts have been in existence for a long time. They are mistaken to be nuts although that is questionable given that they are small, tuberous rhizomes of a sedge grass (cyperus esculentus lativum). They have been cultivated for millennia and has become a major ingredient indigenous to different cultures like the Spanish dish – horchata.
What health benefits do these brown beauties bring to the table?
Resistant starch fibre, known for it’s weight loss capabilities, is something Tiger nuts are rich in. RSF passes through the small intestine without being digested and can even reduce blood sugar spikes, thus aiding weight loss. It also has prebiotic tendencies which are enabling the growth of stomach bacteria. This rich fibre content makes Tiger nut a good dessert treat to aid bowel movement.
The milk derived from Tiger nuts is a good and healthy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. Tiger nut milk is free from lactose and is also rich in bone building nutrients for children.
Important element such as magnesium, abounds richly in tiger nuts. This element helps nerval function and ensures the coordination of about 300 metabolic processes in the body. Tiger nuts also contain richly Arginine, a protein that helps maintain the width of blood vessels to ensure good and steady blood flow. Tiger nut milk is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids – MUFA. This makes it an excellent anti-diabetic agent, as MUFA diets boost glycemic tolerance.
Tiger can be taken fresh (chewed after washing), blended to extract the milk or grounded into floor and used as additives to soups and sauces.
Ezeani Uchechukwu, AKA Saddam Ninhor, currently undergoing B. TECH programme in Microbiology at Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Despite his science roots, he loves to dabble with words in short stories, poems and also shares knowledge of household and relationship efficiency.
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