Monday, May 12, 2008

Lotus Root

Lotus root - is the root of the lotus flower.

"The rhizome are used as a vegetable in soups and stir-fried dishes. Petals, leaves, and rhizome can also all be eaten raw, but there is a risk of parasite transmission it is therefore recommended that they are cooked before eating. Chinese people have long known that Lotus roots are a very healthy food and have been using them in this way for many centuries. Recent studies confirm this - Lotus roots were found to be rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese while very low in saturated fat." (Wikipedia)

When it's sliced, this root vegetable is so beautiful. Kind of white and lacey - reminds me of Honeycomb cereal.

The boy thought it tasted "A smidge like coconut."'s not something I'd eat a lot of...kind of potato-ey."

The girl "Mmmmm - bitter...texture of a carrot - don't like it. Wait - don't throw it away they are OK."

I thought they were very crunchy with little flavor. The package said to begin cooking while frozen - so I fried it up with a little olive oil. The lotus never did get one bit soft.


Anonymous said...

I am not so sure that the lotus root is something that I would try. Good for you though for sampling it !

Joy of Frugal Living said...

I tried this sometime several years ago. It was in a recipe from a cookbook by Christina Pirello. I don't remember it very well, but it certainly wasn't good enough to make a return appearance.

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