Nutsedge: a nutrient-dense wild tuber - BBC News Africa

Nutsedge: a nutrient-dense wild tuber – BBC News Africa

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Small, hard fruits with a slightly sweet milky flavor and a hazelnut flavor.

Tigernut is an amuse-bouche that can be found in the stalls of some rare fruit vendors in the West African sub-region. It is becoming more and more popular and is beginning to attract the attention of farmers, researchers, processors and authorities because many of its virtues make it a nutritional treasure.

Produced in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and West Africa (Burkina, Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali), the tigernut has long been neglected and even considered a wild herb, sometimes cultivated just for local consumption.

These tubers look like small fruits, more or less round, slightly hard, brown or yellow in color. They come from a perennial plant that is also called “sweet pea”, “chufa” or even in African languages ​​”tchongon” (Ivory Coast), “Efio” (Mina/Togo), “ndir” (Wolof/Senegal), “atadwe” (Ghana).

They are eaten raw, cooked or even grilled as a delicacy. Some soak them in water before consuming them. They have a slightly sweet milky flavor with a nutty aftertaste.

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