A couple of weeks ago I received some lovely products from Organic Gemini that I had no experience with. I had briefly heard of tigernuts but I had not personally tasted or used them in my cooking.
Contrary to their name, tigernuts are not actually nuts. They are a root vegetable or tuber and are thought to have made up about 80% of our paleo ancestors diet. Tigernuts are nutritionally sound and filled with high amounts of fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin E and vitamin C.
My favorite part about these lovely little tubers is that they are the number one source of resistant starch. What does that mean? Resistant starch is a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion and becomes fuel for our probiotic bacteria. Our probiotic bacteria is very important and is depended upon in the large intestine to convert any leftover nutrients to vitamins k/b1/b2/b12 and butyric acid. Pretty awesome that tigernuts help in this department by supplying the prebiotics to later fuel the probiotics! Just one ounce of tigernuts gives you 40% of the daily recommended fiber intake.
Organic Gemini uses top notch ingredients which is what drew me to them in the first place. It is also so nice to have another dairy/nut/seed free milk alternative as well as a grain/nut free flour for baking. I thought I would give my thoughts on the products here so you can have a better idea before you order!
Let’s start with the horchata drinks: these are what initially sucked me in. Too much coconut milk gives me digestive issues and I was thrilled that there could be another creamy dairy free beverage option for me that is completely AIP friendly.
Unsweetened horchata: I started with this one and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted great without any sweetener. It is creamy with a slightly nutty taste and contains biodynamically filtered water, organic tigernuts, and himalayan pink salt. That’s it!
Original horchata: This drink was creamy with a hint of sweetness without being over the top. I asked my husband to explain to me the flavor and he replied “It’s just delicious.” Well said my love. This drink contains the same ingredients as the unsweetened with the addition of organic medjool dates.
Chai horchata: This had a cinnamon-clove-nutty taste and was just as creamy and delicious. I probably should not have indulged as I am eliminating seed based spices but I simply couldn’t resist trying this flavor. This includes filtered water, organic tigernuts, organic medjool dates, organic true cinnamon, organic cloves, organic cardomom, organic nutmeg, and himalayan pink salt.
Coffee horchata: This tasted just as expected, like creamy coffee yet not too strong. This includes filtered water, organic tigeruts, organic cold brewed coffee, medjool dates, and himalayan pink salt.
Banana horchata: This tasted almost like creamy banana ice cream. Do not fret however, it was nothing like the awful fake banana taste so often found in banana flavored things. All they use is filtered water, organic tigernuts, organic bananas, and himalayan pink salt.
Strawberry horchata: This reminded me of the strawberry milk I used to drink as a child but WAY better. It had an authentic strawberry taste not surprisingly as all it contains is filtered water, organic tigernuts, organic strawberries, and himalayan pink salt.
I loved all of the flavors and could definitely drink these on a daily basis!
Next up, the tigernuts themselves: they are very chewy (but tasty) when raw and will soften up if you soak them. They make a great snack.
I snacked on these and really enjoyed them. These lovelies really came to life however when I made fresh tigernut milk out of them! Lauren from Empowered Sustenance has a great recipe for tigernut milk that I used and loved. It added a delicious creaminess to smoothies and I even made an ice cream like substance out of it by combining it with coconut milk and running it through my ice cream maker. I can only imagine the possibilities!
Lastly, tigernut flour! This stuff is awesome.
As tigernut flour is so new to the scene, there is not a ton out there in terms of recipes. I was determined to come up with some sort of baked good and I ended up creating a delicious AIP tigernut cookie recipe with an optional carob glaze. The tigernut flour works perfectly in these cookies and I know I will making them for a long time. Find the recipe here.
So that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed my thoughts on Organic Gemini’s tigernut products and I hope you will give them a try!