Definition of chufa in English:

chufa

noun

  • 1An Old World sedge that yields an edible tuber. It is cultivated on a small scale, particularly in some marshy regions of Spain and Italy.

    Also called earth almond
    • ‘The entire 350-acre farm, where the elder Wilkerson grew peanuts, corn and soybeans, and his sons now grow chufa, a specialty wildlife seed crop, will be the preserve.’
    • ‘And because of their hardy nature, a plot of chufas will last for years in poor soil as well as fertilized fields.’
    • ‘Wild turkeys will destroy a food plot containing chufas if the grazing pressure is too high.’
    • ‘Today he has six chufa plots and credits chufas with holding more birds on his land.’
    1. 1.1 The tuber of the chufa plant, which may be roasted, made into flour, or turned into juice.
      • ‘Spain's contemporary version of the ancient refreshments barley-water or almond-water is made from the tuber chufa and is called horchata.’
      • ‘Now put the chufas in a blender until they turn into a soft paste.’
      • ‘You should be able to dig under the dead tops and find some chufas on the roots if they produced.’
      • ‘Archaeologists have even found vases of chufas in the tombs of Pharaohs.’
      • ‘Horchata de chufas is a traditional drink based on the juice obtained from mashed chufas (tiger nuts).’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Spanish.

Pronunciation:

chufa

/ˈCHo͞ofə/