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Tigernut Chufa [Cyperus esculentus var. sativus]

Tigernut Chufa [Cyperus esculentus var. sativus]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €3.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7.50
Parcel up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €6.50
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

The tigernut is a perennial medicinal plant. In Egypt it is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Tigernut chufa was already cultivated and used as food 6000 years ago. The rhizomes that it develops underground are rich in valuable oils and taste pleasantly nutty raw or roasted. Delicacy! In Ayurvedic medicine, the plant is also used for various indications related to digestion. A high-quality cooking and frying oil can also be obtained from it. Roasted, the rhizomes can also be used as fish bait. Suitable for allergy sufferers, lactose- and gluten-free.

General information
Plant family: Cyperaceae
Lifecycle: Perennial 
Days until harvest: 200 days
Plant hight approx: 60 cm
Root type: Shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium 
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until 5°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist, slightly loamy and humus rich

pH value: 4.5 to 7.5

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 1-3 cm
Best germination temperature: 14-16°C
Germination time: 10-40 days
Plant-, row distance: 40x40 cm

Optimal mix culture: barley, calendula, borage
Unfavorable mix culture: 

Planting information
Tigernuts can be grown in small pots in March and planted individually outdoors from April to June. At an average ambient temperature of 15°C, the rhizomes can also be inserted directly. Rhizomes are hardy in the ground down to at least -10 °C. A windy growing location is possible. Cultivation is worthwhile, it is simple and undemanding. As a neophyte, it spreads quickly and should therefore be limited.

Other names
Latin botanical names: Cyperus esculentus var. sativus
English names: tigernut
German names: Erdmandel, Tigernuss
Portuguese names: noz de tigre
Spanish names: Chufa, la chufa
French names: souchet, noix tigrée

Very rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus and iron as well as vitamins E and C. Belongs to the plants richest in vitamin E and provides an enormous amount of biotin and magnesium. It also contains healthy fats and lots of unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as easily digestible carbohydrates.

Potent germination capacity: 10 years

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