Lotus stems are the edible parts of the lotus flower which are found under water. It is usually crunchy, is fairly sweet, and has a flavor like water chestnut. It has a delicate flavor.
Almost all parts of the plant, like the root, young flower stalks, seeds, etc., are edible. The stem is lime green in color with whitish flesh. Store it in the refrigerator; it lasts for about a week.
The lotus stem is very healthy, being a great source of dietary fiber. It contains minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. It boosts the production of red blood cells. It has a high content of vitamin C, which helps to protect our bodies from scurvy and increases immunity.
Lotus stems are eaten raw when added to salads. Its salad, along with pork and prawns, is a delicacy in many popular cultures. Lotus stem curry is prepared by boiling or stir-frying the stem. The curry is a good accompaniment for rotis and rice.
Lotus stems are available year-round.