THE STORY OF OUR FOOD START-UP OR HOW TO FALL INTO TIGER NUTS!
WHO AND WHY LA NOIX TIGREE ?
Céline COURT Founder of La Noix Tigrée (Photo @bacididama)
Céline, the founder of the brand, discovered the "horchata de chufa", the traditional valencian drink in Spain made with tiger nuts, about 20 years ago in Spain and has been looking for it in France ever since.
La Noix Tigrée in the TV show "C'est au progamme" de Sophie Davant
Our products are:
- made in France: The tiger nut we use comes by boat from Burkina Faso or Niger, all the other ingredients are sourced as locally as possible by following the specifications of the Biocoop chain of stores. Our headquarters are based in the Paris region and our production center in Agen (47, Lot-et-Garonne)
- non processed food: our granolas are composed of raw ingredients and are cooked in dehydrators. Our recipes are additives free, MGO's free, sugare free...
- with no sugar added: the sweetness of our recipes come from the raw ingredients that we use: date, fresh banana, raisin ...
- gluten-free: tiger nuts are naturally gluten-free, as are all the ingredients we use
- vegan: there is no product of animal origin such as cow's milk or milk proteïn
- organic: our recipes are certified by the Ecocert organization, except for our tiger nut spread which are made in another production unit that is not certified yet.
A SUPER TUBER KNOWN SINCE ANCIENT EGYPT !
Called tiger nut, chufa, nutgrass, earth almond ... this little tuber is still poorly understood yet!
Prized in ancient Egypt and later forgotten, tiger nut deserves a better place than that which is attributed to it in the gluten-free world !
It can be used in its raw form - whole tiger nut -, peeled - CROC Rond -, sliced - CROC Nature -, flour, oil, spreadable cream ...
The vizier Rekhmirê, under the reign of Amenhotep II was well known for the culture of tiger nut which was at the same time prized for its flour in the preparation of cakes but also for its oil for the manufacture of ointments.
Known today for the preparation of the traditional Spanish drink "horchata de chufa", tiger nut is not only an oilseed, it is a ground nut, a tuber with super powers.
Rich in fiber tiger nut is also a source of vitamin E, omega 6, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron. It is also a great help for your microbiota thanks to its natural content of prebiotics - resistant starch.
The edible tiger nut is not yet cultivated in France - its harvest comes from its plant Cyperus esculentus. Also called tuberous tiger nut or sweet tiger nut, it is a species of rhizomatous perennial herbaceous plants of the Cyperaceae family (papyrus family).
It is a perfect appetite suppressant by its fibers and it is ideal in a paleo diet.
Today tiger nut is mainly cultivated in Spain and in West Africa (from Senegal down to Cameroon and up to Burkina Faso)
La Noix Tigrée manufactures in France and markets organic food products made from tiger nuts: tiger nuts alone, naturally sucked granolas, salted granolas, 100% tiger nut spreads, tiger nut oils for cosmetics.
Tiger nuts exist in their raw state in many forms which allow different uses:
- whole (whole tiger nut) for making the drink or to eat as is
- peeled (CROC Rond), it is easier to chew, its consumption then approaches that of almond
- sliced (CROC Nature) like oak flakes
- grounded (Tiger nut flour) to use as a gluten-free flour (taste flour like that of chestnut)
- in cosmetic oil (tiger nut oil) - known at Magrheb to prevent hair regrowth after hair removal
Different kinds of tiger nuts
Hieroglyphs in the grave of rêkhmire: bakering with tiger nut flour
TIGER NUTS BENEFITS ARE NUMEROUS ...
Tiger Nut :
- is a superfood
- helps digestion, source of fiber and resistant starch: these natural contributions help the immune system to fight bad bacteria
- is rich in fiber; you will feel full faster
- is source of Omega 6
- is source of prebiotics that promote the natural development of your probiotics
- is source of vitamin E and minerals
- is an oilseed
A TASTE OF ANCIENT EGYPT
Find all our recipes in our blog here including Egyptian recipes.