Lotus Seeds – South of the Yangtze River

10.09.2015 § Leave a comment

The Yangtze River divides China into two regions, North and South. The river is the third longest waterway in the world and the lengthiest river to run entirely within one country. The population north of the river consumes mostly wheat products such as noodles, breads and rice.  While traveling through a southern city in China, I visited a local fruit shop. Within the supermarket, I came across lotus pods filled with seeds.  I decided to try the seeds, raw of course, and they were delicious!  My friend, who I was traveling with and a native to the area said, “Poor thing, you have never tried fresh lotus seeds!”

Lotus plants are indigenous to China in the south and wherever there is a pond, usually there are lotus flowers to be found. The plant blooms beautifully in the summer and is still alive and thriving in the fall when all other plants are fading.

Iris with Lotus

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