It humours me the “newly discovered” diet and nutritional claims
made on food products foreign to the American taste. The current farro
and quinoa elitism aside, I can’t help but scratch my head at the fancy
$20 bottles of African mango (Irvingia gabonesis) pills on the
shelves, touted on Dr. Oz as a miracle weight loss supplement, when you
could go into any West African grocery store and get a huge bag of
ogbono, whole seeds or powder, for less than $5 and when Nigerian ogbono soup far from makes you lose 5-7
know, to give them “power”, I would be chided over and over again.
Apparently, women can’t benefit from this same aphrodisiac property that
gives men virility? Dubious.
and the remaining extract can be ground into flour for a gluten free
option A perfect Paleo and vegan food!
All the current craze over almond milk and other dairy free products could be capitalized upon for the benefit of this ancient crop, whose tubers have been found alongside Egyptian mummies and which may as well have been the original Paleo (cave man) diet. A ground-breaking study published last week in PLOS One showed that an early (2.4 – 1.4 million years ago) human relative, Paranthropus boisei, nicknamed “Nutcracker Man”, subsisted entirely on sedges and grasses such as Cyperaceae (tiger nuts).
Disclaimer: I personally make no medical claims on the benefits of tiger nuts. I just love to chew them.