Earth Almond belongs to the sedge grass family (Cyperaceae) and is native of moist spots in eastern Africa. It has long been cultivated in ancient Egypt for its edible storage rhizomes and is nowadays widespread in the tropics and subtropics. It makes short, narrow, channeled leaves and numerous pea-sized to almost almond-sized underground rhizomes in summer. Raw rhizomes have a chestnut-like, crispy taste, roasted they develop an almond like flavor and may be used as a side-dish. In Spain it was introduced by the Arabs and makes a traditional drink in the Valencia region, called "Horchata de Chufas". The small rhizomes do not need to be peeled, but should be thoroughly rinsed with water in order to wash off adherent earth and fine roots. This species is easily cultivated in any humus-rich, preferably slightly sandy soil with sufficient watering in summer. It should best be kept in large pots, as this species is very invasive in warm as well as temperate climates. In late summer to early autumn leaves die down, during winter keep the dormant rhizomes almost completely dry at some 5°C, pot again in mid spring.
5 rhizomes per package.
Plants are in growth now! Dormant plants (i.e. rhizomes) are available in our shop from October through April.
Note: Rhizomes are available for a delivery within Europe only !