Tigernuts Traders is a Valencian company and the world leader in the commercialization of Tigernuts. We began with the large-scale commercialization of Tigernuts in 1997 and since then we have been evolving to what Tigernuts Traders is today: the global leader in supplying and growing Tigernuts.
We have large areas in which we grow Tigernuts (mostly organic certified) that we export worldwide.
Our Tigernuts fields are located in
Spain and Africa (Tigernuts Farmers).
Tigernut: a tuber considered a superfood
The Tigernut, a small tuber produced by the plant Cyperus esculentus L., has become one of the most valued foodstuffs by those seeking a healthy, natural and nutrient rich diet. The Tigernut is well known for being the raw material for making horchata, but its many other consumption possibilities have been growing exponentially lately.
Tigernuts have been grown in Spain for centuries. In fact, Tigernuts were brought into our country by the Muslims, who found what now is known as the Valencian Community, the ideal place to grow this plant and harvest its coveted tubers, the Tigernuts. Since then, the farmers keep alive the tradition of growing Tigernuts.
A paradise for Tigernuts
The Tigernut is very demanding. It requires very rich, loose, sandy, well ventilated and deep soils with enough humidity. Thus, the roots grow smoothly and the Tigernuts tubers develop more easily. Furthermore, because the soil is not very compacted, they can be washed more easily once harvested. In addition, the sandy and loose soils make the Tigernuts become sweeter, have a more intense aroma and flavour, a thinner skin and larger size.
The Tigernut is also demanding in terms of climatology. It needs warm climates, with high average temperatures and at least four or five months free of frost. The sunny areas, at low altitude and close to the sea are the favourite places of Tigernuts where they best develop.
Certain areas of Spain combine this type of mild and warm climate, without great oscillations that makes the plant take longer to parch and therefore produce more tubers. For example, Valencia has an environmental humidity thanks to the proximity to the sea and, although it does not rain as much as the Tigernuts would require, the necessary irrigation is guaranteed. Heavy rains, which in this region are common in the fall, no longer cause damage to the plant because they arrive in the harvesting season.
A crop of the future
For all these reasons, we have everything in our favour to continue with a historical crop that has a great future ahead. Spain is one of the world’s leading producers of Tigernuts and this makes Tigernuts Traders the world leader.
Countries of northern Europe mostly and the United States increasingly demand Tigernuts, a product that has become one of the most valued foodstuffs for its high content of nutrients, minerals, carbohydrates and vitamins. Considered a “superfood“, Tigernuts are also highly appreciated by consumers of organic products.