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The Erdmandel, a grass, which is characterized by edible tubers, enjoys in this country increasing popularity. Organic almonds have long become indispensable to organic almonds. A high content of fiber makes the tigernut a healthy ingredient. Meanwhile, tigernuts are used as an ingredient of various foods. Purely as nibbles or processed as Erdmandelmus they are just as popular as an ingredient for flour, cake and bread baking mixes. Also as Müslizutat the Erdmandel can be used well. Also popular is the tigernut milk. Muesli bars and chocolate often contain tigernuts. Even in the cosmetics industry, the tigernut is now used. So it is in demand as a component of cream and balm. The fact that the cultivation of the tigernut is also suitable for the home garden, so far as many fans of the noble tuber.
What should be considered when growing the tigernut in the garden?
The tigernut, which belongs to the tuberous plants, is originally native to South Africa. The tubers of the tigernut are quite similar in taste to conventional almonds, although there is no family relationship. Around 500 tubers can develop a single plant. The Tigernut, whose grass can grow up to 60 cm, prefers sandy-loamy soils. A sunny, humid-warm location is ideal. Tigernuts are susceptible to frost and therefore should not be planted outdoors until May, ideally after the icy saints.
Sufficient irrigation is needed to grow the tigernut
The water requirement of the tigernut is quite high. Especially during the formation of the tubers, which usually occurs in late summer, should be paid to a sufficient irrigation of the tigernut. The addition of fertilizer is possible, but not necessarily necessary to achieve a relatively good harvest. The harvesting of the tubers, which develop about half a meter from the mother plant, is possible in autumn. Before the first frost, usually in mid-October is the best time to devote to the harvest of tigernuts. If a frost-free wintering can be ensured, tiger nuts are perennial.
In addition to seeds, young plants also have the tigernut. The cultivation of tigernut in local latitudes can be, as described, quite easily implement. In addition, the tasty, slightly nutty tubers are versatile. So the tubers of the tigernuts are raw, roasted or ground a delicacy. Not least for that reason, the cultivation of tiger nuts is also a good option in domestic gardens.