Who loves tiger nuts as much as I do? I remember as a kid my mum always bought this on her way back from work, we grew up in the Northern part of Nigeria so was used to Hausa local meals, milk etc. We were eating and enjoying it as kids but oblivious of its highly nutritious value.

Known as one of the world’s healthiest snacks, tiger nuts are high in iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.. Tiger nuts are also called chufa nuts and have a nutty taste similar to coconuts. This milky, nutty tasting tuber is plentiful in Nigeria and can also be found in the Spanish drink horchata. This ancient superfood is extremely high in fibre, iron, potassium, and vitamins C and E. As a matter of fact, tiger nuts have as much iron as red meat, as much potassium as coconut water. They are allergen free, gluten free, dairy free, and chocked full of resistant starch, which is a type of fibre that is pre-biotic.

They help to stimulate the immune system by preventing cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer. the nuts have essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. the minerals are used to build strong bones and muscles; repaired tissues and helped the blood stream.

“Tiger nuts are often cultivated for its edible tubers.

‘’ In Nigeria, the Hausas call it ‘Aya’; Yorubas call it ‘Ofio’; the Igbos, ‘imumu’ or ‘aki Hausa’; while the Hausas make a drink called Kunun Aya from it,’’ In China, tiger nut juice is used as a liver tonic and heart stimulant. The nuts contain a lot of oleic acids which helps to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride, adding that it also prevents hardening of the arteries. It helps to prevent constipation because it aided proper digestion. “ Tiger nuts contain enough protein and carbohydrates. It contains a good quantity of vitamin B1, which assists in balancing the central nervous system and helps to encourage the body to adapt to stress. It’s used to treat stomach pain, aid normal menstruation, adding that it helped to heal mouth and gum ulcers.

Fresh Tigernuts

The nut promotes the production of urine; serves as a preventive measure for prostate cancer, hernia, rectum deformation and prolapse. “Tiger nuts helps in stress management by helping the body to stay balanced and also helps to prevent fibrosis as well as blockage of the tip of the fallopian tube. “The high fibre content of the tiger nuts makes it a good colon evacuator and cleanser and can help one to lose weight. “The black species of the tiger nuts is an excellent medicine for breast lumps and cancer,’’ tiger nuts are also used in the production of some types of beer, cosmetics, condiments and livestock feed. Nursing mothers should eat a lot of tiger nuts for enough production of breast milk to satisfy their babies.


Tiger nuts milk consists of amino acids, flavonoids, minerals, sugars, and vitamins B, C and E, which come together and provide antioxidants and moisturising properties to not only the skin but also hair. Its primary benefits to hair are protection and moisture. With its solid source of magnesium, tiger nuts help women suffering from magnesium deficiency, which can contribute to scalp hair loss. Tiger nuts help to fortify hair and protect it against UV rays while making it softer.
These days some companies use the milk to produce natural hair products for enhancing the hair.


Tigernut Milk drink!

For those who suffer from low sexual libido, tiger nuts supply the body with enough quantity of Vitamin E, essential for fertility in both men and women hence a good aphrodisiac.To help enhance sexual libido.

To Prepare Tiger nut drink

Wash the wet or dry tiger nut thoroughly to remove sand and stones, soak in water overnight to soften the nuts, pour into your blender, add dates, and coconut then a little water for easy blending, after blending, pour into a sieve and drain the milk out, chill in the refrigerator and drink…Thank me later winks 

It’s also very good for weight loss, so where are the weight watchers? This is for you!

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  • Reply
    Wemimo Yusuff
    July 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Wooow.. Really love this and won't mind trying it out myself but Pls which of d tiger nuts?
    The Dry or fresh tiger nuts

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    Tessy Onyia
    July 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Wemimo, you can use any of the two, either the wet or the dry one. Thanks for stopping by.

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    July 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Looks good! xo, sharon

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    Tessy Onyia
    July 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks Sharon!

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    Jessi Malay
    July 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I never new this! Thanks for sharing bbgirl!

    XO, Jessi

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    Tessy Onyia
    July 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Jessi..I'm glad you found it helpful darling.

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    Sindiso Moagi
    July 29, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I remember we used to make milk out of these when I was growing up and playing house with friends. We used to put a lil water and shake vigorously lol

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    July 29, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Hahaha…very funny

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    Thanks Beautilicious.

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    Very interesting! I didn't know some of the stuff ^^ x

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    irene IMOUKHUEDE
    March 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hmmm Tiger nuts. I am amazed at all the nutritional value of this vegetable including weight loss?! As the writer said, they are plenty in Nigeria, sold in “mudus” in the north!

    Just made myself a fresh bowl of tiger nut milk tonite added dates as sweetner. Delicious!!!

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    August 14, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for the info. I actually mistakenly soaked the dates overnight not the Tiger nuts, the Tiger nuts I had was not the dry ones-hope it still works?

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    August 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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    August 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    No worries at all, if it’s the dry date and tiger nut you have, you can soak them over night after washing them properly, if it’s the wet date and tiger nut you soaked no worries too, it makes it easier when you are using your blender to blend them, you are good to go. Thanks for stopping by Adebayo. Cheers!

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    November 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    please the coconut is it the water or the its food added to tiger nuts before blending?

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      November 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by! Yes, its the food you add with the tigernut then add water and blend, then sieve out the juice and enjoy!

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    November 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    and is it always to add dates or is any substitute? thanks

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      November 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      When you add dates, it makes it sweeter and more nutritious, you can also add fresh coconut and blend them together, very nice. Just try it out and let me know. Thank you.

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    Mrs. Jimoh
    November 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

    good morning, happy new week.please can no be sieve.

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    November 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Wao, amazingly delicious. Probably the best native juice (milk) I have had lately.i hope the health benefits of dates/coconut does not contradict that of tiger nut.

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    March 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Pls is it good to put the tiger nut in the refrigerator while soaking overnight.

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    August 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I’m from Ghana. We make a custard with the milk and rice flour. Do you have it in Nigeria and would you have a recipe?

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    Tigernut Milk/Kunu Aya
    December 29, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Am from Nigeria and am here to tell us that tiger nuts milk is one of the best drinks to take. No doubt about it.

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