Tigernuts II: My Experience and The Chief Nuts Behind It

There’s a previous post focussing on the nutrition and health benefits of Tigers’ Nuts.

What a pleasure to deal with such a fine company, and fine folks behind it—two men from England who’ve been friends and business partners for 40 years. Jack and Jim. Both have more than impressive accomplishments in business. Check out how nuts they are.

And with all of that business success and no doubt millions in personal wealth behind it, Jack “Chief Nut” Sims endeavors to call every single new customer, proof in the comments of that previous post linked right at the top. Google his name. Here’s his business consulting website. He clearly knows how to impress and perform. Salute, solemn nod in his general direction.

Here, he tells the story of how you can now get quality Tigernus in America where he makes his home.

Now here’s a really cool video on how they’re tended and harvested in Valencia, Spain.

I received mine a few days ago and they’re just as advertised. Sweet & chewy. I got both the unpeeled and the peeled to try both and while I like both, I do prefer the unpeeled, so that’s what I’ll be ordering from now on. I really, really like them and have found them very self-limiting. About a handful each day, none yesterday, that I chew one at a time, and they’re very satiating and satisfying. Fabulous product.

You can get some too: TIGER NUTS – Premium Organic 12 oz.

I received an email from Jack the other day, and as a result of that last post, they were just about of stock on some of their items; but for instance, if they don’t have the 12 oz bag, then they’re fulfilling with 3 of the 5 oz bags, so you’ll get a bit more. Otherwise, they have another shipment coming in days so even if delayed, all orders will be fulfilled. So far, my readers have placed about 150 orders. Good job.

They’re looking to get an affiliate program up and going and this is something I’ll be happy to have on my sidebar.

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  1. Nick on February 3, 2014 at 15:22

    I was just about to put up a comment on the last post…

    I just got my order and tried the peeled and unpeeled as well. I agree, they are really delicious to me and I like the texture as well. I purchased mine from Amazon, so you should be getting your $0.03 commission. These Tiger Nuts are highly recommended. I also like the peeled ones better, although the peels are fine too.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 3, 2014 at 15:27

      Actually, it’s the unpeeled I like the best. Reminds me a bit of raw hazelnuts you have to crack out of the shell.

    • Nick on February 3, 2014 at 15:30

      So you are peeling the unpeeled ones before eating? I just chomped right through the peels on the unpeeled ones.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 3, 2014 at 15:54

      Nope, just chew em right up. What I meant was their skin reminds me of the brown skin on raw hazelnuts once you crack them out of the shell.

    • Nick on February 3, 2014 at 17:58

      Already have my sister and mom turned on to these. They both loved them after trying them.

      The $3.80 per bag shipping is a little brutal when ordering multiple bags though. Hopefully Amazon can get convinced to Prime these. Or you could use your connections with the owner to get them into the LG Whole Foods.

  2. Regina on February 3, 2014 at 20:19

    Hi Richard,

    Are the tigernuts tubers? Are they legumes??

  3. doogiehowsermd on February 3, 2014 at 21:21

    Tiger Woods should be selling this stuff. His brand on those nuts (or is the other way around?) would see sales go through the roof.

  4. Dave123 on February 4, 2014 at 00:14

    I’ve ordered these from Just wondering, near the end of the first video (3 min) the guy states that they have only been around for 4000 years or so – I thought it would have been millions – does this mean they have been cultivated by humans in their current form (i.e. to be sweet & satisfying)? I read elsewhere that our early ancestors possibly evolved eating these!

    • BrazilBrad on February 4, 2014 at 12:06

      @Dave123, yes @DuckDodger blogged extensively about this and I have contributed a bit as well. They have likely been cultivated at least around 8000-9000 years ago by north american paleo-indians (don’t remember the exact name, I posted about it in the previous Tigernut blog thread here on FTA). But yes, as @DuckDodger posted they theorize that ancient man was eating these hundreds of thousands of years ago if not millions. What the video is talking about is the discovery that the Egyptians cultivated and ate them some 4000 years ago. The difference is the strength of the evidence.

  5. Platinum1 on February 4, 2014 at 06:44

    These things are delicious. They are incredibly filling as well.

    Now if they sold Tiger Nuts dipped in dark chocolate I would lose my damn mind.

  6. Dan on February 4, 2014 at 08:37

    I can’t wait for mine to show up! I ordered them last Thursday, and Jack called me later in the day to say thanks and also tell me I was getting 3 5oz. bags instead of the 12oz. bag. Awesome to deal with a company that cares about their customers like that. I hope Jack hasn’t had to be on the phone 24-7 lately, gonna lose his voice quick thanks to you Richard ;).

    I got unpeeled and peeled too, did you soak the unpeeled before eating them? Jack mentioned that on the phone.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 4, 2014 at 08:43

      Nope, I like them just the way they are. I had feared that meant they would be hard & dry, but they are moist & chewy. The skin is fibrous, though, much like the thinner skin on a raw hazelnut where after the soft flesh is gone, there remains that skin to chew on. Good chew exercise and zero issue with teeth.

      There is a tiny little bit of grit in _some_ of the unpeeled ones, which makes me feel quite caveman!

    • DuckDodgers on February 5, 2014 at 09:01

      All tiger nuts that are sold in packages have been dried for 3 months. This is to prevent rotting and it sweetens the taste of the tiger nuts.

      Technically, you are supposed to soak the dried and unpeeled tiger nuts for two reasons. The major reason is to rehydrate them, because they are simply easier to eat when rehydrated. Soaking also removes some of the traces of anti-nutrients (relatively low amounts of oxalates, phytates, cyanogenic glycosides, saponins and tannins). Roasting them also helps as well. But, keep in mind that the levels of anti-nutrients are well below the levels found in real nuts.

      So, these tubers are safe to eat raw without any problems — that’s why the early hominid P. boisei was able to eat so many of them. And the nuts are much softer fresh out of the ground, so there wouldn’t have been a need to rehydrate them.

      I wouldn’t worry about the small amount of anti-nutrients that much. Here’s a study where they analyzed the anti-nutrients in tiger nuts and then fed them to lab animals. The animals thrived on the tiger nuts:

      Secondly, as the report points out, raw tiger nuts are used in a number of ancestral prebiotic beverages, including “Horchata de Chufa” and “kuunu” in Northern Nigeria. In both cases, there has never been any reported cases of toxicity in humans.

      So, the soaking process is mainly about rehydration. And the peeled tiger nuts are just a great way to eat them right out of the bag.

      If you google around for recipes for “Horchata de Chufa” and “Kuunu Aya” you’ll find some very interesting and tasty ways to use tiger nuts.

    • Julie on February 5, 2014 at 06:21

      We’re supposed to soak them?

      I’ve got a bag of unpeeled (I think) tiger nuts (not from Jack’s company) that I got here in the UK and they’re quite dry and fibrous. I can’t say as they’re a massive pleasure to eat – after some hard chewing, I end up with a gobbet of fairly dry fibre to send scraping its way down my gullet.

      So should I be soaking them? How long for?

    • Julie on February 5, 2014 at 09:27

      Thanks, DD, that’s all very helpful to know.

      I’ve only been soaking some of the nuts for half an hour and they’re already much nicer to eat!

    • BrazilBrad on February 11, 2014 at 08:52

      The effects of soaking and toasting on the nutrients and anti-nutrients of tigernut were investigated.

      Conclusion: Soaking at 60°C for 6h and toasting in an open pan for 30min are therefore the preferred methods for tigernut.

      Soaking reduction:
      tannin by 15-61%
      polyphenol by 15-48%
      phytate by 27-44%
      oxalate by 37-58%
      alkaloid by 3-13%

      Toasting reduction:
      tannin by 36-71%
      polyphenol by 25-65%
      phytate by 22-40%
      oxalate by 57-77%
      alkaloid by 13-27%

      Tigernut was soaked in water (1:10w/v) at ambient (27-30°C) temperature for 12h and at 60°C for 6h and 7h.
      Tigernut was also toasted in hot air oven at 120°C for 30min and in open pan for 10min and 30min.

      Raw tigernut:
      4.69% moisture
      4.27% crude protein
      27.44% crude fat
      13.35% crude fibre
      2.32% ash
      47.9% carbohydrate
      2.37% tannin
      1.0% polyphenol
      21.42% phytate
      13.12% oxalate
      2.63% alkaloid.

      Soaking and toasting increased the crude protein and crude fat of tigernut but reduced the carbohydrate.

      Soaking at higher temperature (60°C) was more effective in reducing the anti-nutrients than ambient temperature soaking.

      Toasting in open pan for 30min also reduced the anti-nutrients more than toasting in open pan for 10min and toasting in the oven.

    • BrazilBrad on February 11, 2014 at 08:59

      I noticed somewhere that one common way the street vendors sell Tigernuts in Nigeria, is baked. I wonder if the results of this study applies also to the baked ones? Roasting and baking is pretty much the same thing, no? I’m guessing that’s fresh tubers baked, not dried tubers that have been soaked and then baked, but that could be also.

  7. golooraam on February 4, 2014 at 09:41

    yes, I know I’m still scared of carbs
    but at end of my ribeye and avocado meal last night, I consumed 20 of the peeled tiger nuts
    oh my there were delicious… I figured 70 calories would not screw me either way

    and this is just a one day report, but what a great TMI this morning!
    anyone else find the same thing?

  8. Q on February 4, 2014 at 17:04

    Would love to try them but with shipping they’re more than $18.50 for 12 ounces! Jesus! That’s more than Ribeye. How in the fuck did ancient man afford all these superfoods!

    • Ellen on February 5, 2014 at 05:22

      Yesterday I took my two bags of Tiger Nuts ( one peeled, one unpeeled)to town with me. I wanted to give some to the health food store owner in the hopes that she would start to carry them. I also wanted to see how they would work for me as a lunch replacement. I am not sure how many I ate, but it was at least three or four times the serving size on the package. I felt satisfied and was pleased to think they would make an easy to store and transport meal replacement when on the go. But when I got home three hours later I was ravenous and needed a full meal immediately, which consisted of a bowl of split pea soup with ham hock meat, serving of spinach, a few raw carrot sticks and a small glass of kombucha. Bedtime came and I could not fall asleep, which is exceeding rare for me. I started having vague heavy sensations in my bowels and some mild burbing and became increasingly uncomfortable. Finally around 1:30 had four impressive Bristol chart 4/5, followed by one hefty expulsion from the other end of my digestive tract. I finally went to sleep about twenty minutes later and woke this morning with as light hungover feeling in my head.

      Previously I had eaten about ten or fifteen as a dessert and enjoyed them with no negative results. I think I will stick to that method of consumption.

      Does anybody have any opinions as to whether my experience yesterday tells me anything of note with regard to the state of my particular gut? Or is it simply that exceeding the serving size on the package would be a bad idea for everyone?

    • BrazilBrad on February 4, 2014 at 17:22

      @Q, shipping to where? Do those TigernutsUSA guys ship from somewhere in the USA. I think I saw Florida somewhere? Looks like the co-operative farmers in Valencia, Spain kinda have a corner on the market for the better quality Tigernuts, or are doing a damn fine job marketing them.

    • Q on February 4, 2014 at 18:06

      On Amazon, it just gives a set shipping amount, which I assume means anywhere in the US.

      God speed to those who can afford it, but for me to pay that much, these tiger nuts would have be shat out of an endangered black rhino’s ass and be covered in some kind of magical, life-giving fecal bacteria. 🙂

    • BrazilBrad on February 4, 2014 at 18:17

      @Q, I hear you. They are not cheap but at about $1 per ounce seem to be on par with many nuts – macadamia, walnut, brazil-nut, etc. I would imagine if/when they become as popular as many nuts the price should come down – though maybe they cost more to produce due to harvesting and preparation? dunno.

    • xjhuez on February 5, 2014 at 10:19

      FYI it’s highly unlikely that the Tiger nuts were the cause of your bowel movement, as bowel transit time is longer than that.

    • DuckDodgers on February 5, 2014 at 10:34

      Ellen, did you eat a lot of the unpeeled ones? And, if so, did you eat them unsoaked? I would think the peeled ones would be easier on the gut in large quantities.

      The peels contain a lot of insoluble fiber and some anti-nutrients (less than what you’d find in a peanut), but people have been consuming significant quantities of them for a very long time. Soaking and/or roasting the peeled ones can help with their digestion — probably a good idea if you are consuming a lot.

      Horchata de Chufa is a beverage where they filter out the peels to extract the starch and it’s extremely good for the digestion. So, perhaps you have to play with different preparations (roasting, extraction, etc.)

      So, they are very safe to consume. However, some tiger nuts can pick up molds and toxins in storage and some people can supposedly be sensitive to them. The overwhelming majority of the population should be able to tolerate them well, so long as they were stored properly.

    • DuckDodgers on February 6, 2014 at 06:03

      I think I may have figured out why two people have experienced some stomach trouble after eating too many of these at once. The rehydration process probably isn’t just for palatability. Since we know dried tiger nuts absorb lots of water during rehydration, this would imply that eating a large quantity of dried tiger nuts would just suck all the moisture out of your gut.

      Any time someone makes a beverage or recipe with tiger nuts, there is some rehydration of the tubers (or their flour) at some point in the recipe. And since tiger nuts are so well tolerated by even those with digestive issues, this would imply to me that the rehydration process is probably necessary for good digestion if you are going to eat more than a handful or two.

      Eating large quantities of dried tiger nuts would probably be the equivalent of eating a big bowl of dried oats. It wouldn’t feel very good.

      If eaten right out of the ground, the tubers would be fully hydrated and safe to eat in large quantities. It’s just the dried tiger nuts that can be an issue in large quantities.

    • BrazilBrad on February 11, 2014 at 09:13

      Other reasons to soak them: Study I posted above shows reduction in anti-nutrients even though it’s questionable how problematic it is, say, compared to the anti-nutrients in other grains/nuts/seeds. Plus as I think @Tatertot posted, perhaps on a diff thread, soaking and then roasting them (or was it pan frying?) had a completely different and very good flavor.

    • DuckDodgers on February 11, 2014 at 12:13

      Yes, I covered that here.

    • BrazilBrad on February 11, 2014 at 12:54

      Yes, but some other data from the study here if you didn’t see it.

  9. Ellen on February 6, 2014 at 07:07

    Yes, it was mostly unpeeled and not soaked and I probably didn’t chew enought either!

    • gabriella kadar on February 10, 2014 at 18:31

      Ellen, a while ago I decided to add to big tablespoon of pysillium to the potato starch. When I made up this concoction, I was thinking, ‘this is probably not a good idea’ but I downed it against my ‘gut feelings’…It felt like my guts were trying to move concrete along. The resulting TMI was like really lumpy oatmeal. Not nice at all.

      I guess if we dump something down the gullet that is in excess, and our guts aren’t used to it, we suffer the consequences. For sure I’m not doing the psyillium again. Probably chowing down on that many tiger nuts isn’t a great idea either. Soak them or go easy on them. The guts will let you know, as you discovered, when you put something in that they find offensive. I think your guts are doing a great job.

      Your experience reminds me of someone I know who decided to eat a bagful of shelled walnuts. Had exactly the same result as you report. I thought she was a total idiot. Served her right. I’m being way more generous with you here. After all, tiger nuts are not something we’ve had the chance to eat on a regular basis.

  10. Ellen on February 6, 2014 at 08:12

    So has anybody here made Horchata?

    I want to, but am worried about the amount of sugar. Was thinking of trying it with honey and starting with 1/4 cup for a quart.

    • Ellen on February 7, 2014 at 03:30

      Yes, that makes sense. I’l just make it without and see how it tastes. Can always add a bit of honey.

    • Bernhard on February 7, 2014 at 01:22

      “Terribly” sweet already, so why use sugar or honey?

  11. David Holmes on February 6, 2014 at 09:27

    Has anyone tried the other brand of tiger nuts at Amazon?

    • BrazilBrad on February 11, 2014 at 09:49

      @DavidHolmes, is there some reason why you or anyone else would want to buy this brand instead of from the TigernutUSA company that Richard has a relationship with? Shouldn’t we try to throw a few bones to Richard every now and again? Yeah, these guys give free shipping but you get 10oz versus 12oz for the same price, so it’s pretty close to a wash, no? Now if TnutUSA is out of stock then it’s understandable.

      They are all Tigernuts from Valencia so me thinks the quality/flavor can’t vary very much, if at all.

  12. NutHugger on February 11, 2014 at 10:16

    I am wondering if tigernut oil could be the answer to a non-PUFA mayonnaise without an overpowering taste. It is described as “nutty”, but they said that about avocado oil… Guess I’ll have to order some and see.

  13. Adriana on February 15, 2014 at 23:43

    I ordered 12 oz of unpeeled tigernuts from and received 2 4-oz packages, one peeled and one premium organic. There was noexplanation for the substitution and no adjustment in what I was charged for being shorted 4 ounces. I sent an email to the email address that sent me my order confirmation and did not get a response in over 2 weeks.

    I sent a second email using the Contact link on the web site and have not heard back in over a week.

    I feel ripped off. Has aybody else had this problem?

    • Richard Nikoley on February 16, 2014 at 09:01


      I forwarded your comment to the email I have for Jack Sims. If you don’t hear anything in a few days let me know and I’ll see if I still have his phone number and will pass it on to you privately.

    • Adriana on February 20, 2014 at 04:00

      Richard, I have not heard back from Jack Sims. If you get a chance, send me his phone number. Thanks.

    • BrazilBrad on February 20, 2014 at 08:29

      @Adriana, you might find better response posting in a public place like Facebook or Twitter. Here is the FB page…

    • Adriana on February 20, 2014 at 09:19

      Great idea, but…
      Their Facebook page does not allow posting by outsiders. I did send a message their facebook page but I suspect it will go into the same black hole.

    • Brad on December 23, 2014 at 03:56

      Btw, I had an order foul-up with Jack @TigernutsUSA but he corrected the situation quickly. Good customer service. Recommended.

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  15. LaFrite on August 19, 2014 at 08:18

    Just got myself 3kg of these “nuts”. That shit is delicious!

    • Brad on December 23, 2014 at 03:49

      LaFrite, if they are whole (with skin) I recommend soaking them for 24-36 hours. They are vastly improved after that. Optionally after soaking try pan frying them or roasting in the oven. Warm crunchy goodness. You’ll have to experiment how much browning you want to do.

  16. Kim on December 22, 2014 at 22:38

    Any thoughts about trying to grow them? There seems to be a product on Amazon for PlotSpike Chufa seed, which is probably GMO. But if I can grow them myself, that would be amazing!

    • Brad on December 23, 2014 at 03:21

      Yes you can grow them. Doesn’t much matter where they come from as long as they were air dried most of them are as sold on Amazon as they come from growers in the Valencia, Spain area. Do a search on Google or Youtube for “growing chufa” or “grow tigernuts”…

      Growing your greens – chufa harvest

    • Brad on December 23, 2014 at 04:35

      Keep in mind that it takes 4-6 months to grow them depending upon climate and soil. A study found that around 120 day harvest was optimal. And although they *should be* better when fresh you have to grow them correctly spaced, optimal soil (Sandy loam), etc. So not to discourage. Growing has it’s own rewards and fresh chufa/tigernuts will have a better nutrient profile (Vitamin C for one). But you’ll likely still want to have a ready supply of dried ones via Amazon suppliers so that you are never more than a quick soak away from your crunchy sweet fiber fix 😉

  17. Chinwe on October 27, 2017 at 03:29

    Pls is there an easier way of peeling tigernut tubers apart from mechanical pealing? Please describe the method to me. Thanks

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