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Horchata from Chufa

Horchata from Chufa Recipe

This is the real thing – the original and ancient recipe for Horchata from Chufa (Tiger Nut).

This drink is very popular and refreshing summer drink in the region of Valencia.


Ingredients for Horchata from Chufa:

  • 1 kg chufas
  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 5 liters of Water
  • 1 Cinamon stick

Directions for Horchata from Chufa:

Clean the chufas very well, rinsing them in clean water.
When they are completely clean, set them to seak in a lot of cold water for 12 to 14 hours.

After this time, rinse the chufa again in clean water, changing the water until it is completely clear, then drain off all the water.

Mash the chufa or put them in a blender – to make them into a soft paste. Add a little water if needed.
Add the 5 liters of water to the paste that you have made and put in the cinnamon stick. Let it sit in a cool place (like a fridge) for 2 hours.

Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Now, pass the mix through a metal mesh filter, and then through a wet, damp fine-cloth filter repeat until the strained liquid does not have any large particles left.
You now have a fine, milky liguid that can be placed in the fridge to be served cold.

You can also serve the Horchata in slushy form as you would ice-cream. Simply put it in the freezer, stirring occasionaly so it does not freeze solid.
This recipe came out perfect for me. Horchata de Chufa is a delicious, refreshing drink.

I can’t give you much information on obtaining Chufa. It can be bought in Spain at little candy shops that sell nuts. I’ve even found it at Corte ingles in bags. Chufa is grown in the Valencia area exclusively for Horchata.

In Egypt, Chufa is still grown as it has been for thousands of years. It is used for drink and eating. Apparently Chufa has it’s origin in the Middle East. In fact, chufa was found in ancient egyptian tombs and was highly regarded by the ancient Egyptians.

I’m told that chufa is grown in the Southern United States and can be purchased through Farmer Co-Ops as seed. It is grown as a feed crop for cattle.

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