The root and stem of the lotus flower is long, thick, and straight, and is pretty tough, so it’s best to soften it before cooking with it. You can actually eat it raw, but it has a high tannin content which makes it very astringent.

lotus roots

lotus root

It can be found in most Korean and every Chinese grocery stores. Choose roots that are smooth and evenly colored with as few blemishes and brown spots as you can find. Peak season is fall, but you can usually find them year round, sometimes pre-sliced and packaged.

The roots are rich in nutrients like iron, amino acid, and vitamin C, potassium, and thiamin, are high in fibre and low in fat. Koreans believe they have many health benefits and they are often used in traditional Korean medicine.

lotus roots rinsed

Recipes that use lotus roots (yeongeun):

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