The roots of lotus are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface or are held well above it. The flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimeters above the leaves. The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as high as over 5 meters. The leaves may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the showy flowers can be up to 20 cm in diameter.
Lotus rootlets are often pickled with rice vinegar, sugar, chili and/or garlic. It has a crunchy texture with sweet-tangy flavours. In Asian cuisine, it is popular with salad, prawns, sesame oil and/or coriander leaves.
Lotus root Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Lotus root is about 79.1% water, 17.23% carbohydrates (including % sugar and 4.9% dietary fiber), 2.6% protein, and 0.1% fat. If you consume one lotus root you will get 19.815 grams of carbohydrates. It is equal to 15.24 percent of the 130 grams of carbohydrates you should include in your daily diet, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same a 100 gram reference serving of lotus root provides 74 calories and is a very good source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) (58.67% and 20% of the Daily Value, respectively). This means if your diet contains lotus root, it helps your body to absorb iron from food and defend itself more naturally since vitamin C is an antioxidant, reduce probability of heart disease by fighting cholesterol, reduce the risk of anemia as this vitamin absorbs iron and it is effective against gout (a type of arthritis) attacks by reducing blood uric acid levelsdementia since vitamin C impacts memory positivelyhigh blood pressure. With this it contains an appreciable amount of Copper attaining 28.56% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz).