Moisture in Tiger Nuts

Importance of Moisture Content Measurement

Tiger Nuts (Cyperus esculentus) are sweet almond-like tubers high in fiber, proteins, and sugars that can yield health benefits. They can be eaten raw, dried, roasted, or grated and be subjected to further processing. Its uses include cooking, baking flour, fish bait, extracted oil and milk in lieu of cow’s milk are all consumable options for both humans and animals. In Spain these tuberous “nuts” are mainly used to manufacture a milky beverage called “horchata de chufa.”

Physical and mechanical properties of tiger nuts are dependent on their moisture content; moisture content measurement becomes crucial during the drying process as the characteristics and natural sweetness in the nut are formed during proper drying. 

Once tiger nuts are harvested, they are taken to be washed of soil, ashes and crop remains. During this process, the tiger nuts lose their roots, the skin is cleaned, and the defective tubers are removed. The drying aspect of the tiger nuts is most important as the harvesting of the crops normally comes with approx. 50% moisture and then is dried to around 10%.

Control Moisture Levels Properly


Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure  moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration


A moisture measurement system is essential for the production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days

Impeccable Performance

The MoistTech Online sensors can be installed into any hopper, silo, material line, belt or screw conveyor and the moisture results are displayed on a color touch screen or output on any of our many signal options.

Check out our other food applications here

Efficiency is a top of the line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity levels.

#moisture in tiger nuts image

What is the Solution?

MoistTech has studied moisture and its applications in manufacturing for over 40 years. That’s why we’re confident our moisture analyzers are a step above the rest. We’re constantly working to develop the latest, most advanced moisture testing technology—which is how the IR-3000 came about.

We’ve combined our decades of experience and knowledge with feedback from our industry partners to create a moisture sensor capable of taking instant, non-contact measurements of moisture, temperature, and other vital levels with the utmost accuracy. When it comes to moisture sensors, the IR-3000 is the most advanced system available.


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will peform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end-user.


We offer service and support throughout the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

Manufacturing a food product? Then you are familiar with waste and out of spec product that goes hand in hand with moisture control.

MoistTech provides the diamond standard technology & customer support in moisture measurement: 9417271800