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Lotus Flower Pod

Nelumbo nucifera

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nicojoseleander
nicojoseleander 10 years ago

Emma: Not a problem. Its not really that expensive I think. (correct me if I'm wrong please) But good quality seeds can sometimes command a very good price in the market. Harvesting and processing the seeds are really time consuming and labor intensive. Upon harvest (usually before the pods have fully mature), the seeds have to be de-shelled and de-membraned. After that, the germ (part of the seed that grows into a plant) of each seeds will be removed using a fine needles. This is done because that part is very bitter though sometimes you can still have that bitter aftertaste in a seed or two. Its much more difficult when the pods are harvested dry because the seeds will develop a hard shell that needs to be cracked open.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

There must be about 30 seeds a pod. These must be expensive!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing this fascinating find!

nicojoseleander
nicojoseleander 10 years ago

Emma: Yes, lotus seeds are edible and are a common feature in East Asian Cuisine. Here in Taiwan, the seeds are utilize in a variety of ways. It can be ground to a paste and used in Chinese pastries or deserts as a filling or as texture enhancer. It can also be cooked in sugar and put in douhua (a kind of soybean pudding) as a sweet toppings.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

@nicojoseleander,These seeds are edible?

nicojoseleander
nicojoseleander 10 years ago

Thank you Karen and Misako.

nicojoseleander
nicojoseleander 10 years ago

Hi Emma! I've already added these pictures to the "Seed and Seed Pods Mission". Thank you so much.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

This would be an excellent addition to the Seed and Seed Pods mission. Please consider joining.

nicojoseleander
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台北市 (Taipei), 台北市 (Taipei City), Taiwan

Spotted on Aug 27, 2011
Submitted on Jan 11, 2012

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