The leaves of the lotus are completely dirt- and water-repellent which led to the reputation as a symbol of purity, fidelity, creativity and enlightenment.

Even in mythology of the Khmer times and the kingdom of Kambuja the flower is of special importance.Numerous reliefs in Angkor show evidence of Apsara dancers on lotuses.

Lotus by Sujata Senan

Everything is edible of the Lotus plant

Lotus grows wild in Cambodia and is also cultivated. Everything is suitable for consumption. Salads and vegetable dishes,can be prepared from the long stems. The rhizomes are edible, but should first be blanched to kill potential pests.

The seeds look like the fruit of oak trees and can be eaten raw. For this, break the seeds out of the lotus fruit and free them from their shells. They taste slightly nutty and are sold dried in western countries.

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