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Washing chufa tubers in a farm pond. Will Bonsall photo.


I was thrilled to see Will Bonsall's article about chufa in the summer issue! I loved drinking Horchata in Madrid in 1977. Will's description of the cold beverage is exactly what I recall: nutty-flavored, milk-like. Over the years I've kept an eye out for it in this country but never have found it. I did try digging for tubers from some local sedges that looked promising. However, my success with that was no better than my search for the edible parts of Bulrush (so I stuck to cattail in my digging-foraging). Now Will's article inspires me to grow my own chufa!

– Mariana Tupper


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