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Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
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Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 10:22 am    Post subject: Tigernuts / Chufa / Cyperus esculentus Reply with quote
    

I'd like to have a go at growing tigernuts.

Does anyone know of a supplier?

Piggyphile



Joined: 02 Apr 2009
Posts: 891
Location: Galicia
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have fancied this for a while and so will watch responses with interest. The only supplier I can find is https://www.sandmountainherbs.com/chufa.html
US based but they say they ship all over the world

tai haku



Joined: 17 Apr 2011
Posts: 472

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

never tried but I've read a blog that has:
https://scottishforestgarden.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/chufa-tigernut/

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
Posts: 4371
Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Are you on the Book of Faces?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/141198905918483/


Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Are you on the Book of Faces?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/141198905918483/



No, but I've just sent a request

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tai haku wrote:
never tried but I've read a blog that has:
https://scottishforestgarden.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/chufa-tigernut/


I saw that the other evening - I want them even more now!

I've left a question asking where they got thier tigernuts from.

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Piggyphile wrote:
I have fancied this for a while and so will watch responses with interest. The only supplier I can find is https://www.sandmountainherbs.com/chufa.html
US based but they say they ship all over the world


Thanks. If I have no luck over here then I'll investigate

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Posts: 2737
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

These people are selling 'fresh' organic - might just sprout then?

https://www.nutsandseeds.co.uk/tigernuts/12-tigernuts-fresh-raw-organic-5060278081854.html

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

OtleyLad wrote:
These people are selling 'fresh' organic - might just sprout then?

https://www.nutsandseeds.co.uk/tigernuts/12-tigernuts-fresh-raw-organic-5060278081854.html


Worth a shot - thanks!

Finsky



Joined: 10 Sep 2011
Posts: 847
Location: Notts.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I grew them few years and then I got vine weevils into planters....YES they do love tiger nuts.
They are lovely things to eat..like chewing coconut flesh, but lot of effort goes cleaning them...and if your crop is success, you get millions of them
In the end I decided they were too much work..

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Finsky wrote:
I grew them few years and then I got vine weevils into planters....YES they do love tiger nuts.
They are lovely things to eat..like chewing coconut flesh, but lot of effort goes cleaning them...and if your crop is success, you get millions of them
In the end I decided they were too much work..


Oh, that's a shame.


Do you think they'd grow in a large tub, like potatoes do?

tai haku



Joined: 17 Apr 2011
Posts: 472

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mithril wrote:
tai haku wrote:
never tried but I've read a blog that has:
https://scottishforestgarden.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/chufa-tigernut/


I saw that the other evening - I want them even more now!

I've left a question asking where they got thier tigernuts from.


That nugget is hidden away in another comment on there already:
"Ottawa Gardener of The Veggie Patch Reimagined. Iím sure youíll know her through Facebook groups et"
She is in the FB group NMG posted I believe..

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tai haku wrote:
Mithril wrote:
tai haku wrote:
never tried but I've read a blog that has:
https://scottishforestgarden.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/chufa-tigernut/


I saw that the other evening - I want them even more now!

I've left a question asking where they got thier tigernuts from.


That nugget is hidden away in another comment on there already:
"Ottawa Gardener of The Veggie Patch Reimagined. Iím sure youíll know her through Facebook groups et"
She is in the FB group NMG posted I believe..


Thanks - I totally missed that

Finsky



Joined: 10 Sep 2011
Posts: 847
Location: Notts.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mithril wrote:
Finsky wrote:
I grew them few years and then I got vine weevils into planters....YES they do love tiger nuts.
They are lovely things to eat..like chewing coconut flesh, but lot of effort goes cleaning them...and if your crop is success, you get millions of them
In the end I decided they were too much work..


Oh, that's a shame.


Do you think they'd grow in a large tub, like potatoes do?


Yes, they are good tub plants. I started mine in small pots and planted them on once they were few inches tall.

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 14 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Finsky wrote:
Mithril wrote:
Finsky wrote:
I grew them few years and then I got vine weevils into planters....YES they do love tiger nuts.
They are lovely things to eat..like chewing coconut flesh, but lot of effort goes cleaning them...and if your crop is success, you get millions of them
In the end I decided they were too much work..


Oh, that's a shame.


Do you think they'd grow in a large tub, like potatoes do?


Yes, they are good tub plants. I started mine in small pots and planted them on once they were few inches tall.


Brilliant, I shall buy some.

I had a response to my question on Of Plums and Pignuts and ARC have some. (I did look there - can't think how I missed them first time round). But they are £8! I think I'll take a punt on ebay first and resort to ARC if I have to

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