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Chufa

Ground almond, Edible rush, Rush nut

Cyperaceae Cyperus esculentus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Chufa plants are grown for the edible tubers. The top is grass-like, with simple leaves and flower stalk rising from the ground surface, up to 3 feet. Tubers are small, 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, cylindrical and hard, produced entirely underground. They are eaten raw or baked. Plants are propagated by planting the tubers, similar to potatoes. They are a minor crop, grown mainly in the southern states.

See chufa oil.


Season, planting to harvest: 5 to 6 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Mainly home gardens, a minor crop.

Use: Tubers eaten raw or baked. Sometimes used as coffee substitute.

Part of plant consumed: Tubers only.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch