One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Cyperus esculentus variety sativus, family CyperaceaeAlso called earth almond
- ‘Wild turkeys will destroy a food plot containing chufas if the grazing pressure is too high.’
- ‘And because of their hardy nature, a plot of chufas will last for years in poor soil as well as fertilized fields.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Today he has six chufa plots and credits chufas with holding more birds on his land.’
- 1.1 The tuber of the chufa plant, which may be roasted, made into flour, or turned into juice.
- ‘You should be able to dig under the dead tops and find some chufas on the roots if they produced.’
- ‘Now put the chufas in a blender until they turn into a soft paste.’
- ‘Spain's contemporary version of the ancient refreshments barley-water or almond-water is made from the tuber chufa and is called horchata.’
- ‘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).’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish.
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