Definition of chufa in English:


Syllabification: chu·fa
Pronunciation: /ˈCHo͞ofə


  • 1An Old World sedge that yields an edible tuber. It is cultivated on a small scale, particularly in some marshy regions of Spain and Italy. Also called earth almond.
    • Cyperus esculentus variety sativus, family Cyperaceae
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    • And because of their hardy nature, a plot of chufas will last for years in poor soil as well as fertilized fields.
    • Today he has six chufa plots and credits chufas with holding more birds on his land.
    • Wild turkeys will destroy a food plot containing chufas if the grazing pressure is too high.
  • 1.1The tuber of the chufa plant, which may be roasted, made into flour, or turned into juice.
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    • Archaeologists have even found vases of chufas in the tombs of Pharaohs.
    • Now put the chufas in a blender until they turn into a soft paste.
    • Horchata de chufas is a traditional drink based on the juice obtained from mashed chufas (tiger nuts).


mid 19th century: from Spanish.

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