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Tiger nuts (Cyperus Esculentus)

These resemble dried dog food when shelled, and are quite hard to find in Britain these days. They are actually small tubers from a sedge and become wrinkled when stored for a few weeks. They have been sold as 'nuts' in Britain, but are now hard to find.

However, they are used as a food in Egypt and some parts of West Africa; but is mainly used as food for pigs. In many growing countries, they are known as "Chufa".

In Spain they are popular when made into a drink called "Horchata".

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