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Old 06-12-2006, 02:06 AM   #1
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Edible lotus

I'd appreciate any information about edible lotus plants - particularly botanical names, cultivation, parts edible and how used, harvesting, medicinal uses etc. Thanks.


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Old 06-12-2006, 03:26 AM   #2
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I think that Renkon refers to the lotus root in Japanese cooking....never tried cooking it myself. I think you can get it canned as well as fresh.

Sorry I cant be more help!

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Old 06-12-2006, 07:06 AM   #3
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You can find a basic overview at: http://asiafood.org/glossary_2.cfm

The first time I encountered this plant was at a local Korean restaurant where a buddy of mine from work and I used to go to lunch. I wanted to know what it was, and so I asked the very brash, but somehow still likeable Korean waitress. (Who barely spoke English.)

Pointing to it, I asked "What is this?" She shrugged, and said "Root." I pressed "Yes, but what kind of root?" She glared at me for a moment, then repeated "ROOT!" at a much louder volume, and with that whirled and stalked off.

I only discovered what it was when I happened across a frozen bag containing slices of it with its distinctive holes in the local Costco.

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