Horchata, the Tigernutmilk

The Horchata de Chufa (Spanish for Tigermilk) is cultivated in Spain mostly in the coastal region of Valencia. Big cultivation plantation are mainly located in the village of Alboraya. The tubers growing under the earth have a production process: they are washed, softened, dried and ground until finally the white Tigernut juice is squeezed out with water.


The legend of the Horchata:

A peasant girl brought the Spanish King a fresh Horchata to drink. The King asked what this white drink was. The girl replied that it was milk from the Tigernut. The King replied: " this is not milk, but gold, pretty!" so it may have been the Name Horchata: " Oro " for gold and " Chata " for pretty.