Horchata, a Healthy Drink Made from the Local Tigernut in Valencia


Design studio Estudihac serving horchata. Photo Credit: Petz Scholtus

If you ever find yourselves in Valencia, have an horchata (or watch some polystyrene sculptures burn!). We were served plenty at the Valencia Design Week and grew quite fond of this healthy local drink made from the tigernut. Being a fan of local food, I like it when food comes with a season, or geography. Horchata is a summer drink, served nearly exclusively in and around Valencia in Spain. I guess that makes this milky sweet vegetable drink quite special, and the fact that its high contents of oleic acid and Vitamin E, have an antioxidant effect on fats and help with cholesterol. Plus it's suitable for people with lactose intolerance and diabetes.The Arabs brought the tigernut to Spain at the beginning of the 10th century and horchata is now a very popular drink in Valencia. The tuber of the plant, is mixed with water and sugar to create the refreshing drink. It is said to be recommended for people with digestive problems and is a rich source of minerals, phosphor, calcium, magnesium, iron and vitamins C and E. If you ever get a chance to try horchata, have it with Fartóns, a spongy pastry that you dip into the ice-cold drink.

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