Today I planted some Tiger Nuts – they go by many different names but that is the name I bought them under. They are known as yellow sedge grass (or earth almond; chufa; nut sedge; or nut grass) and there is some debate as to whether the cultivated type is the same is the ‘worst weed in the world’. In cities where there is hard frost, they are not considered invasive as they don’t have the time to invade and grow too fast for management.
The name Cyperus esculentus is the same for both cultivated and invasive so you never know which kind you are buying. We do not have the ground freeze for any length of time here so I will grow them in a pot.
They are supposed to taste cross between an almond and a coconut and as I like to grow and try different things I thought I would give them a go. In Spain they are called chufa and are used to make horchata when the pressed liquid is mixed with sugar.
They are a wetland grass so don’t mind extra water but they seem to be drought hardy as well. You harvest when the frost kills the leaves in November, however I am not sure how many heavy frosts we get so I probably will just dig them up then when the daylight hours become quite short.
Instructions seem to vary over the internet; some kind of soaking is suggested before planting, so I soaked for around 24 hours. Then I planted them with heavily moist soil on the heat mat as they like the wet and warm.
I have never tried these tiny tubers, they are supposed to be quite tasty but take a long time to dry out for storage.
I am interested to know if anyone has grown these? What was your experience and did you like the taste of the ‘nuts’ in the end?