How to prepare tiger nuts for fishing.

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As we all know tiger nuts are awesome for carp fishing. However they are banned in a lot of places for very good reasons. Tiger nuts if not prepared correctly can cause lots of damage to livestock. It is essential that you prepare your tiger nuts the correct way so you do not cause any damage.

Before i explain how to prepare them it helps to know a little bit about these little nuggets of goodness for the fish:

Tiger nuts are not actually a nut, they are infact a tuber or part of a root found over 4000 years ago!

In Spain it is very popular and is known as Chufa. It is one of two major species of the nutsedge genus Cyperus found as a weed in the tropics and subtropics on all types of disturbed soil. Its close relative Cyperus rotundus (purple nutgrass) is a severe problem weed in Florida.

The genus name Cyperus is from Cypeirus, the ancient Greek name for this genus. The species name esculentus is Latin and means edible.

Tiger nuts have been cultivated both as a livestock food and for human consumption of the tubers, eaten raw or baked.

The tubers are about the size of peanuts and are abundantly produced. Eaten raw they make a very acceptable snack and have a flavour and texture reminiscent of coconut.. They can be rehydrated by soaking before consumption and even softened further by boiling.

Tiger nuts are rich in oil which can be extracted for culinary and industrial use. "Horchata" is vegetable milk made with Tiger nut juice which is very popular in Spain.

In Spain it is very popular and is known as Chufa. It is one of two major species of the nutsedge genus Cyperus found as a weed in the tropics and subtropics on all types of disturbed soil. Its close relative Cyperus rotundus (purple nutgrass) is a severe problem weed in Florida.

The genus name Cyperus is from Cypeirus, the ancient Greek name for this genus. The species name esculentus is Latin and means edible.

Tiger nuts have been cultivated both as a livestock food and for human consumption of the tubers, eaten raw or baked.

The tubers are about the size of peanuts and are abundantly produced. Eaten raw they make a very acceptable snack and have a flavour and texture reminiscent of coconut.. They can be rehydrated by soaking before consumption and even softened further by boiling.

Tiger nuts are rich in oil which can be extracted for culinary and industrial use. "Horchata" is vegetable milk made with Tiger nut juice which is very popular in Spain.

Tiger nuts come in two forms, small ones and long ones (there is latin names which i cant remember!)

When people dry the tiger nuts they can take up to 3 months to dry out correctly this is why it is essential you rehydrate them.

How to prepare them:

First off take your tiger nuts and put them in a bucket, tube etc it must be big enough to take the tigernuts and then enough water to cover them all. Leave them to soak for 24 hours. you will notice that they swell slightly, this is a good sign.

Once you have waited 24 hours, put the nuts water and any extra water into a saucepan, you now need to boil them for at least 30 minutes. When they are boiling you can add some sugar if you wish,

Once they have boiled and cooled down you can use them straight away or you can do what i do, take the tiger nuts drain them and then put them into a air tight box, put this box in a dark warm place, preferably outside of the house.

After a few days you will notice they are fermenting and starting to get a sticky syrup over them abit like golden syrup, well after a week like that they will be really gooey and smell very sweet ideal for carp!

 

You can also put them in a blender and grind them down in to small chunks for a lose feed. With tiger nuts once you have prepared them either use them straight away or put them in the freezer.

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