Chufa: The Tuber that Flavors Horchata

The little-known tuber named chufa (also called yellow nutsedge and tiger nuts) is the flavor behind the spanish drink horchata, it can also be ground into a fine flour for baking.

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Chufa is a grasslike plant that abounds in moist soils from coast to coast — and from Mexico to Alaska — whose sweet, nutty little tubers can provide an instant, nutritious meal.
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