Lotus seed, also called lotus nut, is harvested from the flower head after the seeds are fully formed, either while the head is still green, or once it begins to ripen. While commonly available in China and Japan, in other parts of the world they can be hard to find outside of specialty Asian markets.
Lotus seeds have great nutritional value as they contain a good amount of protein and fiber, as well as many micronutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and iron according to USDA National Nutrient Database.
1. Stop Diarrhea : Lotus seeds is helpful in stopping chronic diarrhea. It contains a high amount of astringent properties and also consumed to improve appetite.
2. Low sodium and high magnesium content in lotus seeds help people who are suffering from heart disease, diabetes , high blood pressure and obesity.
3. Lotus seeds contain anti-aging enzyme, which is believed to repair damaged protein.
How to use:
- Dried lotus seeds need to be soaked for 8 hours or overnight before they can be used.
- In Chinese cooking, the lotus seeds are sometimes eaten raw, or cooked in various soups, and also included in congee, a rice porridge.
- Lotus seed paste is a popular dessert topping in China and Japan, where it is used as a kind of frosting on cakes.