In the shops you can find Horchatas and other tiger nut drinks. While both of them are based on tiger nuts, they aren’t the same. Because the name Horchata is governed by technical and health regulations (Royal Decree 1338/1988) and not all tiger nut-based products can bear this name. Let’s see what a tiger nut drink needs before it can call itself Horchata.
These regulations, specific to Horchata, stipulate – among other things – how it is made, the ingredients, storage, packing and labelling. Above all, they define what Horchata is.
It is a food product with a milky appearance, obtained by mechanical means from the tuber Cyperus Esculentus L. It must be healthy, ripe, selected and clean, rehydrated, ground and extracted with drinking water, with or without added sugar, sugars or mixtures thereof, with the colour, aroma and taste typical of the tuber from which it comes, with a minimum content of starch, fat and sugars, as specified for each type of Horchata by the regulations.
According to regulations, the ingredients Horchata must contain are tiger nuts, drinking water and sugar. In terms of flavourings, under current rules only cinnamon and/or lemon peel and essences or extract thereof can be used. If any of the ingredients mentioned in the regulations are changed, the result cannot be called Horchata.
This is the case with our Tiger Nut Drink with Agave Syrup. We’ve replaced the sugar with agave syrup, a 100% natural sweetener made from the liquid sap of agave hearts.