This very common plant has a triangular stem and grass like
leaves. It grows to a height of 20 to 60 centimeters. The mature
plant has a soft fur like bloom that extends from a whorl of
Tubers 1 to 2.5 centimeters in diameter grow at the ends of
Habitat and Distribution
Chufa grows in moist sandy areas throughout the world.
It is often an abundant weed in cultivated fields.
The tubers are edible raw, boiled, or baked. You can also
grind them and use them as a coffee substitute.
This is a common plant, but it can be difficult to dig the
tubers. Look for it near sandy lake shores, where the digging
will be easier.