Organic Tigernuts

Ecologic Tigernuts · Bio Tigernuts

The tigernut is a food that should not be missing in your regular diet. And if these chufas come from organic farming even better.

Organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain approved pesticides may be used. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

Organic Tigernuts · Chufas orgánicas

Eating healthy and eco is possible

No doubt that organic farming and overall sustainable production of healthy and quality food is becoming more relevant and not only in the media but also on the shelves of shops and supermarkets. Behind this boom is the growing ecological interest of people trying to live a healthy life.

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They look after the quality of the food they eat and the way they habve been produced, stored or transported. But what exactly is organic farming? What are the benefits? When and why did it start? We are going to try to to answer these questions here, pointing out the benefits that this type of agriculture has on our well-being. A perfect example of ecological farming are the tigenuts which because of its nutritional properties may well have been called "the tuber of happiness".

Organic farming: Its principles

The first precedent of organic farming emerged in Germany around the year 30 of the twentieth century when a group of farmers perceived how the functions of an industrial-scale farming practices were harming their farmland and quality of products produced therein. The Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner wanted to address this problem in a series of conferences that laid the foundations of what was then called "biodynamic agriculture".

Somewhat later when the agronomists Eve Balfour and Albert Howard moved to India to implement European agricultural practices there, they realized that local constraints did not allow the adoption of the same systems. They noticed it was better to learn from nature and its cycles to produce food. Their two books "The Living Soil" and "An agricultural testament" are considered the foundational minutes of what today is organic farming.

What we mean by "organic agriculture"?

Experiences like these have been spreading around the world. What do we mean today when we speak of "organic farming"? In its brief definition, it is a system of agricultural production that seeks sustainable production of quality foods without the use of synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms. Thus to contribute to better health of agricultural land and the planet, respecting its natural cycles and biodiversity of ecosystems.

Organic agriculture: An alternative to industrial production

The techniques of industrial agriculture have led to lowering production costs and the possibility of having, at any time of year, a huge variety of fruits and vegetables that come from anywhere in the world. But even the less demanding consumer will have noticed that the price you pay is the flavor.

But thats not the biggest cost: The massive industrial production of food requires using tons of synthetic chemicals, CO2 emissions in transporting food around the world (with its impact on global warming) and the use of genetically modified organisms, whose impact in humans and the environment it is not well known yet.

Organic farming: More flavor and sustainability

The nearly non existing taste of many foods we eat is therefore a less disastrous consequence of an agricultural model that is proving unsustainable. Against this there is the organic farming commitment to environmental sustainability, production of closeness and nutritional and organoleptic quality of the food we eat.

Tigernuts grown organically

Organic Tigernuts

We will try to illustrate this in a product so appreciated as the tigernut and in its most popular derivative, the Horchata. The tigernut is the small tuber of the plant known as juncia avellanada" (Cyperus esculentus in its scientific name).

Organic Tigernuts · Chufas orgánicas

Its consumption, as witnessed since the Ancient Egypt, has to do with its nutritional properties. As all tubers it is composed of easily assimilated carbohydrates which make the tigernut a very interesting food for those who practice sports regularly.

But what differentiates the organic tigernut from other tuber is its high fat content (30% which is similar to the nuts which contain 40 to 50% fat). These fats (among which predominates the fatty acid Omega 9) are known for their heart-healthy properties, and lowering "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and increase good (HDL). Moreover, its amylase and lipase content (two enzymes that help in the digestive process) makes them particularly suitable in cases of gastritis, heartburn and other stomach problems. It is also rich in pectin (which gives prebiotic value) and in arginine, an amino acid known for its role in strengthening the immune system and its properties in the healing process of the body. It also contains zinc and a quite high amount of iron and vitamins E and C, which ends to enhance its high food value.

To all these properties we can add the intrinsic value of organic farming: no pesticides, no herbicides, no pesticides, no fertilizers of chemical synthesis and without genetic modification. Alltogether we can get an idea of the very high value of this food in a nutrition to increase our welfare and our health.

In addition, organic chufa is grown by a production system (shifting cultivation) that respects the environment and avoids degradation and ecosystems where these crops are given. This crop rotation was practiced where the cultivation of this popular tuber was traditional. In Spain the tigernuts production is localized in Valencia, but it is also a traditional crop in several parts of West Africa.

The characteristics of the tigernut and its most popular derivative (horchata), together with the advantages of an ecologically, socially and environmentally responsible production, make this small tuber a super food.

Introducing the organic tigernut in our diet has an extensive range of advantages.

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