Lotus Seeds

Ingredient Name: Lotus Seeds
Traditional Chinese Name: (lián zi)
What is this?
  • Dried lotus seeds (also known as lotus nuts) are the interior of the lotus plant
  • There are two types of commercial lotus seeds:  Brown peel (pictured above) or white (pictured below)
  • They are usually cored or split in half in order to remove the bitter tasting germ of the seed
  • Lotus seeds are most commonly used in soups or Chinese desserts

How do I prepare it?

  • You will need to wash the seeds prior to usage
  • Soak the seeds in warm water for at least an hour (although some people will prefer to soak them overnight)

Where can I buy this?

  • It is rare to purchase fresh lotus seeds
  • You can purchase lotus seeds from either Asian supermarkets in packages, or from speciality stores in bulk

What is the cost?

  • A bag is relatively affordable, coming in at around $2.00 CAD / 14 oz

Any benefits?

  • Lotus seeds are said to relieve heatiness
  • They are nutritous, low in fat and restorative to one’s health
  • In additiona, lotus seeds benefit the heart, spleen and kidneys
  • Some people will consume lotus seeds to help relieve symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite
  • Traditionally, lotus seeds are associated with weddings as the Chinese words mean “continuous sons” and therefore represent the continuation of succession in the family

Any precautions?

  • Lotus seeds should not be consumed by people who are constipated
  • Many lotus seeds have been bleached with perioxide, so be wary of super white lotus seeds

For Chinese desserts, this is a must have for all kitchens.  In soups, it’s a semi-must have.