I've never eaten lotus seeds prior to this year, not in its seed form anyway. I've eaten tons of Chinese pastries containing lotus paste (Moon Cakes being my favorite) which is ground up lotus seeds.
One of hubby's colleagues, R.C., introduced us to the lotus "nuts" this fall. RC, who is an adventurous foodie in addition to being smart, beautiful, was also the one who gave us our first taste of serviceberries. Yum!
RC, being organized as usual, took this photo of her Martha Stewart-like set-up for getting the edible part out of the lotus:
You can also use the the dried seeds ground up as flour or a paste. The dried pods are brown and brittle:
Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, an excellent book.
Have you tried lotus before in any form?
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