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No.22: Lotus Root

Posted Aug 24 2008 11:01pm
Did you know that lotus roots hide a lovely pattern inside themselves? Great for stamping patterns with paint!

1. With swellings along its length, it resembles links of sweet potatoes, growing in strings up to a metre long.

2. Besides the subtle flavour and crunchy texture, in cross-section the root reveals a beautiful, lacy pattern.

3. The rhizome-root can also all be eaten raw, but there is a risk of parasite transmission, is therefore recommended that they are cooked before eating!

4. On the inside, several large air pockets

run the length of the tuber for buoyancy

in the water.

5. The starchy yet crisp flesh is slightly sweet; it may be sliced or grated to use in salads, stir-fried, or cooked in soups or stews.

Reference: Wikipedia, Asia Food Glossary Page, Special Foods, Asian Research

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