Re: chula (or chufa?) sources
Suzanne DeMuth (email@example.com)
Mon, 20 May 1996 13:13:37 -0400
Ensley Sisk (ESISK@oz.oznet.ksu.edu) asked for info. on an edible,
tuber-bearing plant called "chuta". I wonder if the plant sought is
"chufa," aka earth almond, yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus). It is a
perennial sedge bearing numerous small, nut-flavored tubers. In Cornucopia
(Facciola, Kampong Publications, 1990) is is mentioned as being used in the
Middle East and Spain as a beverage (cooked in barley juice and sweetened),
among other uses. Cornucopia lists at least 16 sources for seed or tubers.
(Contact me if you want any of these sources; I don't want to list them if
this is not the plant in question.
Beware, this plant can be very weedy. J.L. Hudson sells seeds of C.
esculentus va. sativa, a variety claimed to "not become weedy." Chufa is
mentioned in a number of books on wild edibles, economic plants, and weeds.