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Lotus Seeds…

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Travelling down the roads towards the Red Lotus Lake there were many stalls selling these green flower pod heads I noticed them and wondered what these were and assumed for eating as much of what I see locally which is unknown to me is in fact eaten in one way or another…

Once out on the boat on this beautiful wetlands and seeing lots of these flower pods the boatman told us after picking one for us and encouraging us to try the seed that they were eaten and used widely here and indeed locally the residents were allowed to pick them for free and use or sell..hence all the roadside stalls.

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It is that time of year and I am now seeing them on almost every street corner and market to buy as the flower head pods or a bag ready seeded for you.

The seeds can are eaten roasted, fried or raw and grown all over S/E Asia the scientific name is Nelumbo Nucifera.

Low in sodium and high in magnesium they are an ideal snack for suffers from heart disease, High B.P or obesity.

Used in traditional medicine and administered as a soup  it is believed to be both nutritious and clear heat( lower temperature)

Crystallised the seeds are a very popular snack, especially at New Year celebrations as are the very popular Chines Mooncakes which are sold everywhere across Asia.

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Note: Dried seeds must be soaked in water overnight before using in soups or congee.

 To eat the fresh seeds the pod head is broken and the seeds snapped out.

Lotus seeds are also made into Lotus seed paste and used extensively in Chinese pastries and Japanese desserts.

The lotus seed paste is very easy to make and is the filling for the Chinese Mooncakes. This video shows you step by step how easy it is to make.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on the lotus seeds and here is a link which gives the numerous great health benefits these seeds have.

https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/13-health-benefits-lotus-seeds/

Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

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Thailand and it’s more unusual cuisine.

I got to thinking…….Ha Ha….Yes, you are right every last one of you, when I do that it’s dangerous!

On our weekend boat trip I was amazed when I learnt what you can do with the Lotus flower.

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…A long time ago the petals were used basically as fag papers..just like my dad used Rizzlas.

The flowers are also edible and make lettuce cups look positively boring. The seed pods are lovely to eat just pop those little circles out..take off the outside and eat.

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and some say they taste like popcorn.

The stems you can make a lovely soup from.

This got me thinking..shhhhhh that word again! Of the things I have eaten since I have been here in Thailand and the things I haven’t ..yuk! I have eaten differnt types of veg and things like the banana pod and the lily flowers which can only be harvested at dawn both of which are steamed and eaten with a dip…..Now we come to the more unusual…

Insects of all sorts ..deep-fried and crispy…

I quite like, well the ones which look like the witchety grubs they eat on I’m a celebrity get me out of here..Not for me! Yuk!

Frogs..I like and crispy fried they taste like chicken which brings me on to the Chicken Feet sold by the kilo in Makro and Tesco Lotus are a staple here.

chicken feet salad

Lizards…not tried them yet…but I love ants eggs, they make a lovely salad..it tastes lemony and it is actually very nice.

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The fermented eggs and fish called Phla I give a miss.

So when you think of it you should never go hungry here…There is always something to eat…….

Until next time be happy and laugh a lot 🙂