Horchata (tiger nut milk)

Horchata (tiger nut milk)

A classic summer drink

Horchata is the most excellent summer drink.
Planelles Donat is an emblematic ‘horchateria’ shop in Barcelona and since 1929 it has been producing and selling horchata.

Nutritional properties

Horchata is suitable for people affected by celiac disease and lactose intolerance. It has no cholesterol and it contains vitamin E, oleic acid and arginine. Horchata is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. As a consequence, it is considered to have similar mineral components than nuts.

It also has digestive properties derived from its amino acids and starch content, as well as its enzymes amylase and lipase.

Coneixes la xufla?

El cultiu de la xufa és mil·lenari i es remunta a l’època de la civilització egípcia. A la península Ibèrica va arribar gràcies als musulmans, que la van introduir a la zona del Llevant.

La collita de la xufla es fa entre mitjans d’octubre i mitjans de desembre. La nostra orxata es fa amb xufla del municipi d’ Alboraya que compleix amb els estàndards de qualitat de la D.O CHUFA DE VALENCIA.

A legend about horchata

Legend has it that a young villager let the king Jaime I the Conqueror, king of Catalonia and Aragon, taste the drink one day. The king, satisfied by its flavour, asked her: “What is it?”, and the girl replied: “This is tiger nut milk” (the drink’s original name). The king corrected her by saying: “This is OR (gold, in Catalan), xata (sweety, in Catalan)!”

Nutritional properties

Horchata is suitable for people affected by celiac disease and lactose intolerance. It has no cholesterol and it contains vitamin E, oleic acid and arginine. Horchata is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. As a consequence, it is considered to have similar mineral components than nuts.

It also has digestive properties derived from its amino acids and starch content, as well as its enzymes amylase and lipase.

Orxata sense sucre apta per a diabètics.

Apta per intolerants a la lactosa.

Aporta vitamina E, àcid oleic i arginia.

Apta per a celíacs.

Afavoreix la digestió.

Ajuda a reduïr el colesterol.

Rica en potassi, fòsfor, calci, ferro, magnesi i zinc.

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