Last week was Chufa nut harvest time.
Chufa nuts are not nuts per se. They are little crunchy tubers related to everyone’s favourite weed – yellow nutsedge.
But whereas nutsedge can be a nightmare, In our climate Chufa nuts are not a problem because they winterkill.
Most of the tubers are clustered in a clump at the base of the plant.
All you have to do is grab the base of the stem and pull and voilà! A bunch of Chufa nuts.
Use your fingers to crumple the dirt and tubers off of the plant and drop them into your harvest bin.
Toss the leaves behind you and check to see if you missed any nuts where the plant was. Quickly gather them with your fingers and into the bin they go.
You can dig around to see if there are more, but usually I’ve found most of the nuts are pretty close to where the root bal was.
Bring your bins back to the barn and let them sit for a few days.
I’ll follow up with another post in a few days about all the Chufa postharvest fun!
This was part 1 of the Chufa Harvest and Post-Harvest experience.
Here’s Part 2