Cyperaceae Cyperus esculentus L.
Source: Magness et al. 1971
Chufa plants are grown for the edible tubers. The top is grass-like, with simple leaves and flower stalk rising from the ground surface, up to 3 feet. Tubers are small, 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, cylindrical and hard, produced entirely underground. They are eaten raw or baked. Plants are propagated by planting the tubers, similar to potatoes. They are a minor crop, grown mainly in the southern states.
See chufa oil.
Production in U.S.: No data. Mainly home gardens, a minor crop.
Use: Tubers eaten raw or baked. Sometimes used as coffee substitute.
Part of plant consumed: Tubers only.