Tiger Almond - Chufa
Nutritious Tuber Produced from an Annual Grass Plant
One of the oldest cultivated plants going back 5,000 years. Tubers contain 20-30% oil with a composition similar to olive oil, 80 percent unsaturated fats. Flavor is remarkably like coconut. Small tubers can be eaten fresh or ‘juiced’ to create the famous “horchata” drink. Easy to cultivate. This is not the ‘weedy’ or perennial nutsedge. Sativus is the clump forming annual grass that produces large clusters of tubers just below the soil surface. It takes about 80 to100 days to ripen completely. Any soil will do with this selection. Each tuber forms a 6 inch clump with foliage that reaches up to 2-3 ft. tall. Easy to harvest, just pull out the clump and rinse with a sprayer. Will store for a long time once dried, easy to keep for the next season's propagation. No insect problems but voles may consume the crop if you are not careful keeping the grass away. Turkeys will dig around the plant and eat the tubers as they mature. No international sales with this tuber.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Cyperus esculentus var. sativusSeed Source:
Sterile-does not produce seed.Soil:
Dry to wet. Very adaptable but best growth in sandy type soil.Climate:
Zone 5-10. 90-100 days frost free might be best.Ease of Cultivation:
Anyone can grow it. Full sun, supplemental fertilizer and irrigation really increase the yields. Like eating mini coconuts-so delicious and rewarding to grow. The only issue is voles so cultivate around the plants.