July is the best month toview lotus flowers. Most lotus plants in the US have peak blooming in the first week of July. After blooming, a seed pod remains on the flower stalk and produces edible seeds. The lotus seeds are of great importance to East Asian cuisine and are used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine and in Chinese desserts. If you have a lotus pond, you can eat fresh lotus seeds by breaking the individual seeds out of cone shaped head. The soft rubbery shell that surrounds each seed should be removed before consuming.
July 11, 2011
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