Many will have discovered during a trip to Spain and will certainly have appreciated it.
We are talking about the chufa, a millenarian tuber originally from the Valencia region, known mainly as a drink, the famous "horchata". valenciana.
BUT WHAT IS THIS CHUFA?
It is a tuber (Cyperus esculentus, family of Cyperaceae), whose plant is similar to the papyrus. It has a sweet and citrus flavor, which recalls hazelnut and almond at the same time.
Rich in oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid with beneficial properties), fibers, mineral salts, proteins, unsaturated fats and vitamins, the chufa is a product that is an excellent ally for our health.
also suitable for those suffering from celiac disease and other food intolerances because gluten-free, lactose and many other allergens, also suitable for those who follow a particular diet, such as vegetarian, vegan, raw food and paleo.
The hardy chufa plant has the ability to; to grow even at extreme temperatures. It grows spontaneous in fact in some areas of central Africa and on the Sicilian coasts.
However, thanks to the mild Valencian climate and the traditional method of cultivation and harvesting that is still respected today, the Chufa of Valencia is the better in terms of taste and properties.
The variety withdesignation of origin is in fact characterized by being more small and particularly sweet compared to other varieties. It suitable for the production of horchata, cakes, cookies
BUT NOT ONLY !!
The chufa has an excellent nut-like taste and a high fiber content. The fibers swell, thus guaranteeing; a sense of satiety lasting.
This effect can; be a big help in slimming diets.
Enjoy it by simply adding 2-3 teaspoons of water, fruit juice or milk.
It can memorize options also be used in paleo bread and paleo cakes in place, for example, walnuts.