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Lotus root
Why Eat It
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Why Eat It

Once you've seen slices of lotus root, there's no mistaking it for anything else. The large, sausage-shaped rhizome of an aquatic plant (commonly known as the water lily), lotus root is pierced with 10 air tunnels so that when cut crosswise, the white slices look something like large snowflakes--or strangely symmetrical rounds of Swiss cheese.

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. Thin, lacy slices make a unique garnish.

Availability

Look for fresh lotus root in Asian markets from July through February.

Nutrition Chart

Lotus Root/1 cup cooked

79
Total fat (g)
0.1
Saturated fat (g)
0
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0
Dietary fiber (g)
3.7
2
Carbohydrate (g)
19
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
54
Vitamin C (mg)
33


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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