So what IS tiger nut flour?
Ghana’s popular “tiger nuts,” are also known as chufa nuts. They are not actually nuts, but come from a nutsedge plant with tubers that grow underground (cyperus esculents). In Ghana the tubers are chewed freshly picked (but not swallowed, like sugar cane) or made into a delicious traditional “tigernut pudding" (atadwe milkye)
More recently, tigernut flour made from ground tigernuts, is being embraced as a delicious gluten-free powder with a natural sweet taste.
It contains no lactose or fructose, along with no gluten. The chufa is said to be a good source of vitamin C and E, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Chufa also contains starch, non-animal proteins, and enzymes that help with digestion.
What’s not to love?
It’s a major ingredient in Betumi’s gluten-free, vegan Ghana-friendly cookie mix.