Have you ever heard of Chufa milk? It’s something my friend Anthony got me to try when we were in Spain a few years ago. The full name of the product is “Horchata de Chufa de Valencia” — and it’s made from tigernuts, water, and sugar. Not actually a nut at all, the tigernut is a tuber and research suggests that its consumption can help prevent heart disease and thrombosis and is said to activate blood circulation and reduce the risk of colon cancer. It’s rich in energy content (starch, fat, sugar, and protein), minerals (mainly phosphorus and potassium), and vitamins E and C. The cultivation of tigernut and its use in the production of Chufa milk is fairly specific to Valencia and originated from the period of Muslim control of the Valencia region (from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries). The brand that we purchased was “Chufi Original”. It has a milky and nutty flavour, but it’s got no dairy so can be used as an alternative to soy or rice milk. The locals tend to drink it ice cold as a summer refreshment.
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