Tiger Nut as A Functional Food, Pharmacological and Industrial Agent: A Mini Review

Abiola F. Adenowo 1  and Mutiu I. Kazeem 2
  • 1 Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Lagos State University College of Medicine Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria


Tiger nut is a plant generally underutilized in many parts of the world where it grows mostly as a weed. It is loved by children and many adults for its milky sugary taste, without most consumers being aware of its nutritional and health benefits. The level of awareness on the importance of this wonderful and greatly enriched plant is indeed very low. This review is aimed at expounding some of the advanced scientific researches which authenticated the folk reports on the therapeutic potential of the plant. Research findings which present potential application of this wonderful plant in food industry, pharmaceutical formulation, agricultural production and biofuel generation are also elucidated.

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