Are tigernuts the latest superfood fad or is the tigernut trend here to stay?
Tigernuts in Vogue?! Now that’s a fashion statement. As fashion trends come and go, so too do foodie trends. So are tigernuts just a fad?
It seems as if everyone’s getting on board the new health trend of these paleo, vegan, gluten-free balls of goodness and its easy to see why with it’s sweet nutty flavour and numerous uses. It’s a sigh of relief for those of us who want a snack that won’t upset our stomach and still packs a punch of nutrients.
Like fashion trends, We’ve seen many “miracle superfood” fads peak and fade away. The question is how long will this trend last?
Unbeknown to many, Tigernuts have been enjoyed for millions of years – they were one of the first foods of our paleo ancestors and were cited as one of the main sources of nutrition of for paleo man 1.2 million years ago.
The ancient Egyptians were also big fans, enjoyed Tigernuts over 4000 years ago. The little root vegetable was enjoyed as a dessert mixed with honey and browned in a hot pan (yum!). Tigernuts were even found in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs, buried with the mummies so the Kings had their favourite foods to enjoy when they arose in the afterlife.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s after the war when sweets were more scarce than they are now, Tigernuts were a popular treat for children, who would buy them by the quarter from the local sweet shop. Little be-known to them, Tigernuts are one of the healthiest ‘single source’ snack available!
So it’s not that Tigernuts are a new superfood, in fact they are actually an old one. Tigernuts are simply fashionably late (we like to think of it as making an entrance).
Love TFF xx