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Grains: Cyperus esculentus 'Chuffa'

Botanical name: Cyperus esculentus 'Chuffa'

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also known as (ground almond, earth chestnut, yellow nut sedge)

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Grains: Cyperus esculentus 'Chuffa'

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Soil: damp, neutral, loam
Zones: 3a thru 9b

fall interest, bird attracting

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Dating back to biblical times, this chuffa grain still has significance today. This diverse plant can either be used for human consumption or left for wildlife. Both its green tubers and brown roots can be eaten. The roots generally grow to the size of hazelnuts and also taste like them. These can be enjoyed raw, cooked or roasted. However, the roots can produce thousands of seeds, therefore making this grain hard to control. In fact, it is classified as a noxious weed. It may be beneficial to grow in a container or small area. If grown for wildlife, turkeys, ducks and deer are just a few of the species that will enjoy it. Maturity in 90-100 days, perennial in zones 3-9. Edited by S. Derr

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