Health benefits of Tiger Nuts

January this year, I visited a friend in Abuja, Nigeria and she welcomed me with a juice. This juice was nourishing. I learned that it was Tiger nut milk mixed with coconut milk and crushed dates! It was quite tasty for a traditional drug!

Permit me to introduce the Tiger nut AKA Chufa and yellow nutsedge. If you are unsure why it’s called Tiger nut, you are not alone. We are in the same boat.

On closer examination, we can see that the color is dull yellow with tiny brown patches. Maybe, that’s why it’s called Tiger nut. It’s a common nut eaten as a snack in Africa. The grass grows wild but with greater market demand, it’s now cultivated. Sometimes the nuts are dried (for storage purposes) or sold fresh. There’s many varieties of the nut and in Nigeria for instance it is chiefly produced in the North.

Some health benefits of Tiger nut include:

1. Reduces blood sugar level

2. Acts as human aphrodisiac

3. Provides essential minerals

4. Its high fiber content aids digestion

5. Fights infections

6. Improves heart health, etc…

As you can see, Tiger nut is the total package. Get some for yourself, it’s a natural drug.

Africa culture/tradition

Weirdest Snacks in Africa

Here are some of the weirdest snacks you can find in Africa.

Palm Grubs: Yuck, I know right? Some of the grubs can grow big enough to fit in one mouthful. The grubs are found in dead and decaying palm and raffia trees. Some people eat the grubs alive but to be on a safer side I prefer salted and fried grubs. It’s oily and crunchy. So yummy! 😋

Winged Termites: Come on guys, don’t say Eew! This one is really really tasty. It’s probably the favorite living snack in Africa. When it is garnished with pepper, onion and other spices it can be addictive. The insects are flying termites seeking new places to start a colony. When the nuptial flight commence, most won’t have the chance to mate. In the trail they fall prey to many animals, ranging from birds to lizards, ants to frogs and man! 🤨

Millipedes: Okay guys. I know no one really wants anything with these creepy guys as their distant cousins are notoriously venomnous. I have never tasted any and I don’t think I want to. I learned that some species of Millipedes are boiled with yams which gives a unique taste and color to the food. No thank you, I will pass. 🙄

Crickets and Grasshoppers: Never have I tasted any of these but I do play with them. These insects live in the bush and can elude their hunter easily. So most times they are caught in the night. To prepare, it is salted and fried just like the grubs.

There are many weird and living snacks which will come later. So when you are in Africa, try to check out our weird snacks. I bet you will be glad you did! Have a good night/day. 😴