The small tiger nut remains largely unknown. Yet this should change — and quickly — as this health-giving tuber has lots to offer. Despite the relatively unambiguous name of “tiger nut” or “earth almond”, the tuber is actually part of the sedge family and is not a nut at all. This means that the earth almond is also suitable for those with nut allergies.
The best way to describe the tiger nut is probably as “healthy all round”, as it contains a particularly large amount of vitamins C and E as well as valuable minerals. The high proportion of fibre also helps ensure good digestion. The tiger nut is likewise high in unsaturated fatty acids, which have a positive effect on cholesterol and the heart and circulatory system. The tiger nut also contains the following additional vital substances: protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. This small but powerful tuber can be used in a wide variety of areas as well as as a replacement for sugar. Try the tiger nut out; you will be impressed!