Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grain Chuffa


New gardening adventures are exciting, just when you think you've grown it all, something like Grain Chuffa pops up out of nowhere.

I purchased chuffa based on this customer review from the Baker Creek website: Sweet, nutty taste. Great snack. Very prolific. Each tuber will multiply itself by 100. Easy to grow and requires no attention (I planted in spring and forgot about them until fall.) Difficult to harvest. No matter how hard you sift through the dirt you always leave dozens behind. They can be grown in pots. I would recommend cleaning the tubers in a bucket of water with small gravel, stirring, rinsing, repeat, similar to cleaning walnuts. Chufa can be invasive but will be killed by northern temperatures. Often planted as a food crop for deer and turkey..


I'm not too concerned about them being invasive here in Connecticut, although, those in the south should beware and think carefully about containing chuffa based on what I've read about them taking over gardens and lawns.

Difficult to harvest? I'll take the challenge.

Twenty five seeds came in the packet, and I started half of them inside to get a jump on the season. The young plants and remaining seeds were planted outside yesterday. I'm excited to see what happens and hoping that it doesn't go like the peanut crop failure of 2008 (-smirk- northerners don't grow peanuts for a reason). I'll follow up at harvest time.


Enjoy the day -

5 comments:

  1. Wow, I learned something new! I didn't know humans could eat chuffa. My husband plants it to feed wild turkeys. They have no problem digging them up and enjoying a tasty treat. :o) I guess we can too, eh?

    Have a great weekend!
    Beth

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  2. Chufa nuts!!!!!! i can't believe they sell them here! in Valencia, Spain, they make a drink called horchata and ice cream from the drink - totally the best thing on a hot day! so very excited - i'm definately buying some to plant!!!

    here's the recipe:

    INGREDIENTS for Horchata-
    1/2 pound (250 grams – 8.9 oz) chufa nuts
    1 quart (liter) of water
    1 cinnamon stick (optional)
    1 tsp grated lemon peel (optional)
    About 1 cup of sugar (try less the first time - you can always add more!)

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    - Soak the chufa nuts in water for 24 hours.
    - In a blender, grind the nuts, water, cinnamon, sugar and lemon until you have an even, smooth mixture.
    - Let it settle for a half an hour.
    - Press the paste through a strainer to obtain fresh horchata.
    - Refrigerate for at least an hour.
    - Finish in the freezer for 20 minutes until slightly slushy.

    Makes 1 quart / liter

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    1. WOW! That sounds fantastic! I think that recipe alone will help boost sales of chuffa everywhere. Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to try it out this fall if all goes well.

      Thanks!

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  3. I also purchased chuffa from Baker Creek :). They certainly sound interesting! How was last year's harvest?

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    1. Hi Chelsea,
      Sorry it's taken so long to respond! I think it would have worked out better if I had a large trough to plant them in...that's what I envisioned originally but never found the right container and just planted them in the ground. I am going to try it again as my harvest wasn't what I expected.

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