The Tigernut belongs to the flatsedge species and is related to the known tropical Papyrus. The subterraneous rhizomes produce brown, pea-sized, oleaginous fruits whose tasty flavour reminds of almonds and hazelnuts.
The Egyptians already used the nutty fruits as grave goods for the pharaos which shows the high significance of the tigernut as a cultural and food plant for thousands of years. In the 8th century Arabians brought the tigernut to Spain where it is now cultivated in the region of Valencia. The Spanish name of the tigernut is Chufa.