Tiger Nuts – Igwenazor Chinaemerem
Tiger nuts is a popular farm produce in Europe and Africa with diverse use. Its origin is from the West Africa. One thing is peculiar with Tiger Nuts – it’s a vegetable and a nut. Generally it is referred to as a nut even the name confirms it. However, the nut-like farm produce is a root or tuber vegetable.
Tiger nuts is a raw material for many industries across the globe, mostly textile, food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals et cetera.
Botanical name: Cyperus Esculentus.
Availability: There is a huge availability of Tiger Nuts in Nigeria. It is produced in the northern part of country in large quantity without major industries consuming the produce. It is used by few knowledgeable people to make home smoothie while the remaining bunch is traded on the street. The unsold quantity is always thrown away.
Tiger nuts in Nigeria are 100% BIO products. There are no usage of GMO species in its production at the moment.
Preparation: On harvesting, a large portion of the Tiger nuts are mostly eaten raw while some dried manually without any form of chemical preservative added. Thus, any quantity of it from Nigeria is chemical free and totally natural. Thus the Nigeria offer is most suitable for any given use worldwide.
Uses of Tiger nuts
- It is eaten raw. It serves a good replacement for snacking instead of junk foods and industrially produced drinks.
- It is used in production of vegetable milk drink.
- Tiger nut oil is used in cooking. It is an alternative to Olive oil.
- It is used in manufacturing of beauty products for the skin. It contains high oleic acid and low acidity.
- It is used in the textile industry to waterproof textile fibers.
Health benefits of Tiger nuts
# Tiger nuts contains a high level of fiber. Its fiber content is higher than that of Oat, Cabbage, Carrot, Plums and Chia seeds. The fiber content helps in digestion and also works as an appetite suppressant thereby aiding weight loss.
# Tiger nuts oil is contains non saturated fats and vegetable fats. Its Lipid characteristics is at par with Olive oil thus recommended for consumption by Cardiologists as a healthy oil.
# It contains high volume of Arginine Amino acid. Arginine helps the body system to stimulate the production of nitric oxide. The nitric oxide aids the blood vessels to function optimally thereby reducing blood pressure.
# A source of magnesium. Consumption of mere 100gr of Tiger nuts daily gives your body 13% – 17% of recommended daily dose of magnesium. Magnesium aids the body in over 300 biochemical reactions.
# Tiger nut is rich in Calcium, Vitamins C and E. It is a perfect source of milk that can humans substitute for animal milk. With kitchen equipment like grinder and juice maker, you can make your quality milk of tiger nut. The good thing about this is that its milk comes without Lactose.
# It helps diabetics control and regulate their sugar levels. This is achievable via its content of high non soluble fiber. Non soluble fiber lower sugar level as does carbohydrates.
# Tiger nuts is a source of potassium. Potassium helps the body cells and organs to work optimally. It regulates the contraction of muscles which makes digestion easier. Taking about 25 pieces of tiger nuts gives the body 139mg of potassium. It has the level of potassium content with potato and avocado but higher than banana.