When given the opportunity to check out Organic Gemini and their line of TigerNut products I jumped in head first. I thought “Ooooh. What’s a TigerNut? I want to try them!” If you are anything like me then you have no clue what tigernuts are and what they are used for, either.
Well, look no further. I’ll share with you what I have learned about TigerNuts, what they taste like, a bit about how to cook with flour made from TigerNuts, and some of the products created by Organic Gemini. So let's begin.
TigerNuts aren’t nuts at all. They are actually root vegetables, or tubers. They have also been referred to as earth almonds among other names. They made up about 80% of our Paleo ancestors’ diet around 2 million years ago.
Tigernuts are the number one source of Resistant Starch, a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion and becomes fuel for out probiotic bacteria.
TigerNuts from Organic Gemini are kosher, non-GMO, vegan, nut and gluten free and 100% organic.
In the 2 million years that humans have been consuming them there has not been one single report of an allergic reaction! They are safe for children and even infants to eat though you probably wouldn’t want to give a baby a TigerNut to chew on. Cooking with the flour, however, would be perfectly acceptable for sensitive little tummies.
In addition to the previously mentioned benefits of TigerNuts, in just a single 1oz. serving, they contain 40% of the recommended daily amount of fiber. They also contain as much iron as red meat, as much potassium as coconut water, and are also high in magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins E and C.
Research also suggests that TigerNuts can benefit those suffering from diabetes, various types of cancer including colon, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, and autoimmune diseases. The use of tigernuts has only recently started to take off so there is still a lot of research to be done.
Sure, they sound great but anything that is that good for you has to taste horrible, right? You are definitely wrong. These little morsels are quite tasty if you like earthy flavors like mushrooms. They are sweet and fibrous with nut and earth notes. The outer shell is tough and chewy but the meaty center is sweet and tastes similar to hazelnuts or almonds. Some people don’t like the fibrous shells but I found them just fine after the first few I ate. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After I had a few the shells were no problem.
You can eat them plain or soak them to soften them a bit. Organic Gemini recommends soaking them for 24 hours. After being soaked the outer shell softens and brings out the sweet nutty flavor of the meaty center.
My wife walked in as I was opening the bag of flour. She watched me take a pinch and eat it. With a tone in her voice that can only be described as fear for my taste buds she asked “Did you just eat raw flour?” I laughed and told her I did. I wanted to taste it before I start cooking with it to get an idea of what kind of flavor notes I am working with in the flour.
The flour tasted much sweeter to me than the actual nuts did. It was quite pleasant. So I decided to make some Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies. I scoured the internet for recipes for cookies but wasn’t able to come up with much that didn’t use some other vegan/paleo/gluten-free ingredient that I didn’t have.
So after a little more reading I discovered that tiger nut flour was supposed to be a 1:1 swap with white flour. To test that theory I went with the most generic chocolate chip cookie recipe I could find (Nestle Toll House) and subbed the white flour for tiger nut.
Here is the recipe I used:
2 ¼ cups Organic Gemini Tiger Nut flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
¾ cup Granulated Sugar
¾ cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until well blended.
Pre-heat oven to 375.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 9 minutes.
Allow pan to cool completely before attempting to remove cookies. Enjoy!!
The first batch I baked I used some non-stick cooking spray. The cookies came out undercooked and falling apart. They felt like liquid in the center. I cut out the cooking spray for the next few batches that went in the oven. They came out crispy but somehow still soft. They taste absolutely wonderful with a hint of almond if you pay attention.
I know I am not a chef but I am no stranger to the kitchen. I’ve used this recipe for cookies on multiple occasions. Using the tiger nut flour they flattened out quite a bit more than with white flour.
They are certainly not pretty but still taste wonderful. To quote my wife: “They are so ugly but I can’t stop eating them!”
Organic Gemini also makes a line of TigerNut Horchatas in various flavors. Their line of flavored horchatas includes Original, Unsweetened, Chai, Coffee, Banana, and Strawberry. I had the pleasure of trying all of them!
I started off with the Strawberry. This one was quite pleasing but I find it difficult at times to get past the earthy flavor that the drinks have.
The banana was easily second on my list.
My favorite, by a landslide, was the unsweetened. That sharp earthy flavor that the others have didn’t seem quite as prominent in this flavor. Personally, I think that the TigerNut Horchata should not be tampered with and should be enjoyed in its unsweetened state.
I was honestly most nervous about this flavor after trying some of the others. I saved it for last. In fact, my wife was the first one to taste it. She convinced me to give it a try and I found it much, MUCH better than all the other flavors. I would recommend grabbing up the unsweetened flavor if you want to give these a shot.
Personally, I was not a fan of the Chai or Coffee flavors.
Organic Gemini’s Horchatas can be purchased from their website. They are sold in 6-packs of 12oz. bottles for $54.00. You can purchase entire packs of one flavor or you can get a sample of all 6 or their flavors for the same price.
With the health benefits combined with the wonderful taste of these things, I am certainly going to consider adding them as a staple my family diet.
They also offer their TigerNut Club! For $99.00 per month you receive 12 bottles of horchata, one 12oz. bag of Raw Snack and also includes free shipping.
One thing that I did notice about their products is the picture on their website. In the picture they show a bottle of Tigernut Oil but I cannot find any information about purchasing it. I am assuming it is no longer offered.
If you think you and your family could benefit from these wonderful little discoveries then check them out at the links below.
Organic Gemini Website
Organic Gemini on Facebook
Organic Gemini on Twitter
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