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Tiger Nuts were originally cultivated in Northern Africa. They are one of the world's oldest sources of nutrition. For early civilizations, like the Chinese and Persian, they were a food source and were used for traditional medicine. 

They were one of the first domesticated crops, and have been found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. The tiger nuts were introduced to Europe and the Mediterranean after the Persians discovered them and fell in love during their expansion through Africa in the middle ages.

Even though they are small, they are mighty!

Tiger nuts are small tubers (relatives of potatoes), and are very high in fibre and the #1 source of resistant starch.  Resistant starch is a prebiotic starch that acts much like insoluble fibre. Resistant starch is not digested in the stomach or small intestine; instead it is passed through to the colon where it acts as food for our body’s friendly gut bacteria.

Tiger nuts also contain digestive enzymes like catalase, lipase and amylase. These enzymes combined with their resistant starch and fibre content aids digestive health, improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood sugar levels and helps to counteract issues of the bowels.

They also contain good fats! Tiger nut's fat content is primarily made up of oleic acid – the good fat found in olive oil and avocado. And just to impress us even more, they are rich in vitamins and minerals including, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamins E and C.

Tiger nuts are also non allergenic and completely free from nuts, dairy and gluten.

We are now stocking Tiger Nuts, and Tiger nut flour from Ceres Organics, so why don't you give the newest superfood on the block a try this week!