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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are Tiger Nuts?

Tiger Nuts are vegetable root tubers that grow in the ground much like a carrot or potato. Despite their misleading name, they are not nuts and have been around for centuries and widely consumed in Europe and Africa.

Are Tiger Nuts, Nuts?

Tiger Nuts are not nuts; they are a vegetable root tuber. They have all of the nutrients and energy benefits of nuts, but do not adversely affect allergies.

Where do Tiger Nuts come from?

Our Tiger Nuts are grown and harvested by our growers in Spain. They are shrink wrapped airtight and shipped to our organic facilities in New York, packed and then shipped to you.

How do Tiger Nuts grow?

Tiger nuts grow below the ground's surface, much like a carrot or potato. Our Tiger Nuts come from Spain where they are meticulously cleaned and dried under the warm Mediterranean sun.

What do Tiger Nuts taste like?

Tiger Nuts have a distinctive flavor that sets them apart from traditional nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews. Their taste is often described as a combination of several elements, making it a truly unique experience for your palate.

Sweet and Nutty: The most prominent flavor in tiger nuts is a natural sweetness, reminiscent of coconut or almond. This sweetness is balanced by a subtle nuttiness, making tiger nuts a satisfying snack or ingredient in various dishes.

Earthy Undertones: Beneath the sweetness and nuttiness, there is a mild earthy undertone to tiger nuts, giving them a grounded and wholesome taste. This earthiness can be compared to the flavor of fresh vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes.

A Slight Vanilla Note: Some people detect a faint hint of vanilla in tiger nuts. This subtle vanilla note adds complexity to their flavor profile and can be quite enjoyable.

Crunchy Texture: In addition to their unique flavor, tiger nuts are known for their satisfyingly crunchy texture. When you bite into a tiger nut, you'll experience a combination of sweet, nutty, and crunchy sensations.

What nutrients do Tiger Nuts provide?

Tiger Nuts are one of the world's healthiest snack foods, and despite having been round for thousands of years, are nature’s best kept secret.

  • Essential Nutrients: Tiger Nuts are loaded with essential minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper, catering to various aspects of your overall health from bone strength to immune function.
  • Antioxidant Support: Protect your cells from oxidative stress with the antioxidant power of Tiger Nuts. Packed with vitamins C and E, phenolic acids, and flavonoids, they combat free radicals and promote youthful vitality.
  • Heart Health: Your cardiovascular system will thank you for incorporating Tiger Nuts into your diet. They assist in lowering cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, and reducing inflammation, all of which contribute
    to a healthy heart.
  • Blood Sugar Management: Keep your blood sugar levels in check with Tiger Nuts. They not only improve insulin sensitivity but also contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Gastrointestinal
    Tiger Nuts may also benefit gastrointestinal health. Their high fiber
    content can aid in digestion, making them a valuable addition to plant-based

Will Tiger Nuts make you fat?

According to some dieticians, the resistant starch found in Tiger Nuts bypasses digestion in the stomach and small intestine. Despite their calorie content, incorporating Tiger Nuts into your diet may aid weight loss by moderating blood sugar levels and promoting prolonged satiety.

Tiger Nuts' high fiber content could help control hunger and keep you feeling full. But as with any food, going overboard, even with Tiger Nuts, can negatively impact your weight. Moderation is key.

Overall, Tiger Nuts with a well-balanced diet will keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle.

Are Tiger Nuts organic?

Our Tiger Nuts are certified organic, allergen and nut-free and are only packed in certified organic New York.

Are Tiger Nuts non-GMO?

Yes, our Tiger Nuts are non-GMO.

Are Tiger Nuts safe for People with Nut or Gluten allergies?


Allergic to nuts? Lactose intolerant? Gluten intolerant? Paleo-only food? No worries. Tiger Nuts have you covered. Because they are tubers and not nuts, Tiger Nuts remain allergen free while retaining the nutrients that keep you full and healthy when snack time rolls around. By the way if you have kids who are allergic, we suggest you visit www.snacksafely.com to find out which ones are right for your family, and you will see that our Tiger Nuts are not only compliant with the "Big 8", but on 11 counts! 

The bonus is that Tiger Nuts taste like coconut too!

And just to assure, you, we pack our Tiger Nuts in our Organic facilities in New York, where we pack NOTHING but Tiger Nuts, so there is zero chance of any cross contamination!

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Can Tiger Nuts help with digestion?

Know what Tiger Nuts are chock-full of? Fiber. Do you know what fiber does? Gets your body running right! If you’ve been having any kind of digestion issues, the cause is probably due to a lack of fiber. We typically don’t eat as much fiber as we need, so you need to supplement that with your snacks. Tiger Nuts are the only healthy snack that brings the fiber you need to make sure everything goes down and comes out the way it’s supposed to!

Here's a blog we wrote about Tiger Nuts and Fiber!

One of the great things about Tiger Nuts is that the tuber is ridiculously high in roughage, and yet low in calories and fat. Fiber is very important for our health.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that men get 38 grams of fiber a day, and that women obtain 25 grams of fiber daily in order to be healthy. Now there are many plant sources of fiber to choose from, and not all of them are the same. We’d like to illustrate that by comparing 3 snack foods to help you choose your fiber sources wisely.

One 5-ounce bag of Tiger Nuts Premium Organic contains ten 14-gram servings. One serving has 70 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Eating half a bag of Tiger Nuts means you’ve already consumed 15 grams of fiber, with only 350 calories and 17.5 grams of fat!

If you wish to obtain the same amount of fiber from almonds then you’d have to eat around 4.3 ounces, which contains 700 calories and 60 grams of fat! That’s a lot of fat and calories if you ask us! Let’s say you like cashews better than almonds. You’d have to eat 16.67 ounces to get 15 grams of fiber, because an ounce of cashews contains only 0.9 g of fiber. That would be 2,617 calories and 207 grams of fat, just for you to get 15 grams of fiber!!! That’s already a day’s worth of calories, and about 4-5 days worth of fats!

So which one do you think is the best source of fiber among the 3? If you think it’s Tiger Nuts then get you some from our on line store at www.tigernutsusa.com

By the way, we have two varieties of Tiger Nuts, our original Raw Premium Organic Tiger Nuts and our Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts, which start as Premium Organic, but our Spanish growers, using an all natural patented process, remove the outer skin, making them a little easier to chew.

Not only can you find these amazing tubers on our web site www.tigernutsusa.com, but they are also sold across the country in 37 states in health food chains and stores.  Click here for store near you!

Can Tiger Nuts curb your appetite?

Tiger nuts are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestion, promote a feeling of fullness, and support gut health.

How long have Tiger Nuts been around?

For thousands of years our ancestors have been eating these tubers (yeah, they're actually not nuts!) to provide the nutrition they need to survive. Now you can harness the power that fueled the world's greatest hunters.

The Great Wall of China. Stonehenge. The Roman Coliseum. As humans, we respect the things that have stood against the test of time. Just as these landmarks did, Tiger Nuts have withstood time. After a great hunt, cavemen would treat themselves to a handful of Tiger Nuts. Now you can as well.

We can assure you that out Premium Organic Tiger Nuts are the very same as were consumed by our Caveman ancestors, and today we not only grow them organically, but they are packed in our own organic facilities in New York.                                                                                                                   

Here's an article that was published in the New York Times!

Nutcracker Man’s Secret: He Didn’t Crack Nuts

An ancient human ancestor who lived in East Africa millions of years ago —
nicknamed Nutcracker Man for his big, flat molars and powerful jaws — didn’t
actually eat nuts, researchers say.
Not real nuts, anyway. By studying the diets of baboons living in Kenya, researchers have determined that Nutcracker Man dined on a nutrient-rich tuber known as the tiger nut. This diet might have been supplemented with fruits and invertebrates like worms and grasshoppers.

Gabriele Macho of the University of Oxford and colleagues discuss their theory about the early hominid, known as Paranthropus boisei, in the journal PLoS One.
Nutcracker Man was discovered in 1959 by the paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey.
Ever since, researchers have had trouble determining what he ate. His strong jaws hinted at a diet of hard foods like nuts, but the lack of indentations in his teeth suggested softer foods, Dr. Macho said.                                                                                                                                          

In 2011, an isotope analysis of his teeth revealed that he relied on a class of plants, known as C4 plants, that includes grasses and sedges. But they did not have the nutrients that a large-brained hominid would need, Dr. Macho said.
She looked closely at the C4 foods that baboons eat at Amboseli National Park inKenya, an environment similar to Nutcracker Man’s, and discovered tiger nuts. By dining on them for 88 minutes a day, the hominid could have easily filled hisnutritional needs, she said.
Rich with vitamins and minerals, tiger nuts are still used today by people who are serious about being ir getting healthy!.

How do you bake with Tiger Nuts Flour?

If you're new to Tiger Nuts Flour and aren't sure how to make the switch from all-purpose flour, you're in the right place. The unique flavor of Tiger Nuts Flour paired with its exceptional nutritional benefits (nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free and paleo to name a few) make it a great choice for baking and for no-bake and plant-based recipes. As you experiment with your recipes, it’s important to take into account some distinct characteristics and make the necessary adjustments for texture, moisture, and baking temperature. Read our blog for the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Baking with Tier Nuts Flour.

What is the shelf life for Tiger Nuts?

All our Tiger Nuts products have an expiry code dated on the bottom of the product. This date is normally one year after it leaves our Organic certified facilities.

What's the difference between Raw Premium Organic and Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts?

Fiber! The difference between Premium Organic and Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts is that we have simply removed the outer skin of the Premium Organic Tiger Nuts, using an all-natural process, and the net result is our Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts. They both have the same nutritional values, except for fiber, the original Premium Organic has about 10% more fiber than our Supreme Peeled.

While you can eat both varieties right out of the bag, our Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts are a little easier to chew. If you find the Premium Organic a little tough to chew, just soak them in a bowl of water for 36 hours and they will plump up and become crunchy!

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Which variety of Tiger Nuts is used for Horchata?

Raw Premium Organic Tiger Nuts are the best choice. See our Recipe for Classic Spanish Horchata.

Do you have to soak Tiger Nuts?

We offer a variety of Tiger Nuts products that don't require soaking to soften the harder outer shell of the Tiger Nut. In fact, we developed a special technique to remove the harder outer shell for our Supreme Peeled Tiger Nuts! Our Flour, Sliced and Chopped varieties require no soaking. Our Raw Premium Organic can be eaten out of the box but most prefer to soften them by soaking over night to create an almost watercress-type texture.

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