One of the wonderful products you can get from tiger nut tubers is tiger nut oil.
Tiger nuts have a high level of oil that makes it possible to extract oil from it.
And the good news is that the oil from tiger nut is healthy,
it’s considered a good substitute for olive, soya and cotton oil.
Although tiger nut oil is not so popular or always available in the market or stores.
There are companies that produce it, some of which are:
Chufas Bou, Tigernuts, Madametiger, Kkaavi Beauty, buy from their website.
They are also found in online stores like naijahfresh.com, kkaavibeauty.com, amazon.com
Description of the oil
The oil is edible,
Its golden yellow in colour,
Has a nutty taste that’s sweet,
The oil is stable It remains in its fluid state when refrigerated,
Does not change its properties and has a high resistance when heated this makes it a healthy option for cooking,
Has a long shelf life because it’s resistant to oxidation.
Average quantity per 100ml
|Protein||Less than 1g|
|Trans fat||Less than 0.1g|
|Sugars||Less than 0.1g|
|Sodium||Less than 2mg|
The making of tiger nut oil
In extracting the oil from tiger nuts, the common method is cold press and this happens using an oil press (expeller press) machine.
Cleaned nuts (picked and washing )
Are heated in the oven for few minutes about 10 mins
Next it’s placed into the oil press machine
The oil is then squeezed out and collected into a container
The oil placed to sit for a while this allows for any debris to float
It then passed through a sieve.
That’s the whole journey in making tiger nut oil.
Uses of tiger nut oil
As a good oil for consumption its:
- Used as dressing for salad
- Good for cooking, frying, baking
In the cosmetic industry its:
- Used as a moisturizer, massage oil and in making bathing oil
- Used to waterproof textiles fibers
Tiger nut oil like tiger nuts and its other products tiger nut milk, tiger nut flour has good benefits to the body.
Good for the Skin:
Vitamin E, oleic acid present in the oil and low acidity of the oil makes it good for the skin.
It’s applied on the skin, it’s a good moisturizer, Improves skin elasticity.
Posses Anti aging properties:
It slows down the cell’s aging process, fights free radicals, thereby making you feel and look younger.
Good for the Hair:
Adds moisture, shine and protects the hair.
Helps with Stress and depression:
They help in relieving stress and depression.
The oil helps with digestive problem such as bloating, constipation, slow metabolism
Good for the heart:
The Vitamin E present in the oil and the oil has zero cholesterol making it good for the heart.
It is high in Vitamin E. This helps promote good health in both male and female reproductive systems, thereby an increase in fertility.