Chufa (Cyperus esculentus var sativus), packet of 10 tubers

$4.95

Family: Sedge (Cyperaceae)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12, otherwise grown as an annual.  Spring-sown tubers may be harvested in the fall.

(Earth Almond, Tiger Nuts, Nutsedge) This is the select type “var. sativus” which is not weedy.  This plant propagates by tubers only–it does not make seed and does not make runners.  Cultivated worldwide as a source of the nutritious tubers, which may be consumed raw, dried and ground to make a nutritious porridge or roasted, ground and extracted to make a hearty beverage not unlike coffee and/or chocolate.  The raw tubers can be blended with water (in a blender) to make a beverage exactly like almond milk.  As a medicinal herb, consumption is known to relieve indigestion and colic.  Plant prefers sun and sandy, evermoist soils, grows well at edge of water features, in wetlands and swamps. Soak tubers overnight and plant in warm conditions, with germination in 1 to 4 weeks.  Space plants 6 inches apart.

10 tubers per packet, open-pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Question

    Julia H.

    It’s the beginning of Aug in z 7b/8a Central NC. If I order these and plant now, will they be established enough by first hard frost in early Nov, or would I need to save them until spring 2023 to plant? And if I need to wait,should they be stored in the fridge, or just at room temp?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Julia,
      The plants would establish but please keep in mind that it takes at least 100 days from planting to harvest. We’ll have new stock by spring, there is no reason to buy them now and keep until spring, they might not be much good by then, and yes, refrigerator storage does make sense. richo

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    Melissa

    Do these require full sun? I have sandy evermoist soil along a stream but it is thinly wooded so there is partial shade. I have free draining loamy sand and wet heavier (a little clay) soil both in full sun.

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Melissa, Chufa is a sun lover and loamy soil should be fine for it, the plant is anything but picky. richo

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    EDNA WILLIAMS

    Is Chufa suitable for container growth?

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      Richo Cech

      yes, very easy to grow chufa this way

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    • cmincb

      but how often would it have to be watered? and what size container for how many nuts ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi! these are pretty stable plants once they get going. You water them if they get very dry. Yield is going to depend on many factors–1 nut makes a clump in 1 season. r

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    Tim

    What is the best way to peel the tubers of the Chufa? I heard they can be difficult to peel. Also why are they also called tiger nuts?

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      Richo Cech

      we do not peel them, we eat them fresh and whole. it would be like trying to peel a pea!

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  5. Question

    Marc

    I’ve got a wetlands area on my property that I would like to start these in. I live in tn. in zone 7a edge of 7b. Can I grow them here as a perennial? If so how.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Marc,
      These are easy–just choose a place free of grasses. Plant them an inch or two deep and watch the spot. When they come up, they are like stout grasses, almost like sedge. These might need to be harvested and replanted. Richo

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    • Matt

      Was curious what the average yield for these is? Would like to build up a decent seed supply to do a larger planting in the following year.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I get about 100 tubers per plant. r

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    • James

      I bought a pack of these…in August. Will they be okay in storage until spring?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, the chufa are large and have plenty of resources to remain viable until then.

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    Tim

    I have been thinking about planting these but the main problem is that summers here are very dry and hot. So i think planting them in a trench would be best but im not sure how deep to make the trench also should these be planted in mid to late spring or can they take frost?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi tim, these should be planted in warm soil after danger of frost is passed. they will do well in any moist garden soil or if a trench is made to keep the soil moist (like running a hose into it from time to time) then the trench can be made 6 inches deep, with good soil at the bottom of it. r

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  7. Question

    Sharon Lonewolf

    I would like to preorder the chufa but don’t see a way to do this, other than get on the waitlist (done) or wish list (done). I am hoping to be able to buy 3 packets of 10 tubers each.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sharon, You’ve done what needs to be done. We’re waiting on mew crop to offer this again. Richo

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    • Emma

      Will these last like seeds? Or need to be planted immediately upon arrival?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Emma, They’re very hard, dry and relatively stable. They should be planted by this spring. richo

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    • Ren

      Are these grown organically (free from synthetic pesticides/herbicides)?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi ren, no if they were organically certified that would be part of the description. we can guarantee only that they are untreated tubers and not genetically modified. richo

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