The yoruba’s call it “ofio”, Igbo’s call it “Aki awusa”, “Aya” in Hausa also known as tigernut in English.
A lot of people eat the tiger-nut without knowing the health benefits.
Chufa is a grass-like plant of the Trans-Saharan Island. It has cylindrical tubers of several species of black, brown and gold of 20 inches in height, lance-shaped leaves small spikes of green flowers.
It is a native of the Mediterranean region and widely used in Spain where it is call “HORCHATA” and mostly used as juice to enhance the intestines.
- 1 cup almonds or tigernut (soaked overnight)
- 4 cups water
- Optional – (Skip if making milk for LIN 3 day cleanse)
- 6 dates – to sweeten
- 1/2 fresh coconut – to increase creaminess
- Fetch 180g of dried tiger nut, 1 liter of water and one lemon rind; sort out all rotten nuts and other unwanted objects.
- Wash chufa and soak for 24 hours, change the water 2-3 times to avoid smelling, drain well and blend in your blender.
- Blend it with a rind of lemon, add half of the water and allow to stand for 20 minutes – sieve with a neat cloth twice, bottle and serve cold you can add molasses and a cinnamon stick.
- Ofio is cholesterol free but contains 2.9 grams of sodium, so, it should be eaten in moderation by the blood group ‘O’s. nursing mothers should eat a lot of tiger nuts for enough production of their bosom milk to satisfy their babies.