Before now, I don’t like tiger nut because of the way they sell them in wheelbarrows with flies perching on it. All that ended when I discovered the amazing health benefits of tiger nut and started purchasing it every single. Now, I do is wash my Tiger nut with salt and water then enjoy from nature’s goodness.
Tiger nut is popularly known as earth almond and botanically known as Cyperus esculentus is a generally unutilized crop that has many nutritional benefits necessary for boosting human health. It has other names such as nutgrass, aki awusa, yellow nutsedge, Zulu nuts, aku Hausa, chewfa, chufa, Akiausa, tiger nutsedge, aya, chufa sedge, Ayaya or Ofio. It belongs to the family of Cyperaceae that is characterized by rhizomes and spherical edible tubers.
Tiger nut is a perennial or annual plant that grows triangular stems with slender leaves and oval seeds. They are fleshy and are usually consumed raw but can also be dried, fried, roasted, toasted or soaked before consumption.
Tiger nuts are an excellent source of dietary fiber, sugar, phosphorus, carbohydrates, fat, protein, potassium, zinc, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and traces of copper, vitamin C and vitamin E.
In turn, these nutrients are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones, repairing damaged tissues/muscles, aid blood circulation and as well, support the healthy functioning of the human body.
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