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Where to buy lotus roots

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The following in today's San Jose Mercury News made me motivated to ask this question.

In which store can we purchase the best lotus roots in the Bay Area?

I never find the question on this board.

Link: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynew...

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  1. Hiko, you can buy the lutos root at most any Asian markets. You need to select the fresh ones.

    The question is how to know which one is fresh? If you are really lucky you get there while the Produce clerk is unloading a fresh crate. Otherwise you can follow these points:

    1. Look at the lutos root the ends, they should be clear and look like has recently cut. The older ones will be darker while the fresh ones will be bigth and clear.

    2, Check the lutos root body, it should be clean and not marked where it has been hit and nicked.

    After that it is petty easy.

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    1. re: Yimster
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      Stanley Stephan

      Wow, thanks for the tips about how to select lotus roots.

      I keep hoping that lotus root will be the next food trend. Can't you see the following recipe at say, Azie

      Baked Open-faced Free Range Chicken with Lotus Root

      http://www.evalu8.org/staticpage?page...

      Or how about some of those fancy places having lotus root chips instead of potato with burgers.

      I like the sound of this recipe amd the lotus root dumpling recipe below.

      Chicken in Sweet Potato & Lotus Root Soup

      http://www.motherhood.com.sg/recipes/...

      The picture below is by the chines artist Qi Baishi. It is called Lotus root and cherry.

      Link: http://starchefs.com/kids/abcs/html/r...

      Image: http://chineseculture.about.com/libra...

      1. re: Stanley Stephan

        I know the combination of mirin and lotus roots is really great.

        1. re: Hiko Ikeda
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          Stanley Stephan

          How do you combine them? Just a glass on the side?

          1. re: Hiko Ikeda

            I like lotus root quite a bit -it's used quite often in kashmiri food.

            I actually like it quite simply sliced and deepf fried quickly with a little salt counterpointing the natural sweetness of the root.

        2. re: Yimster

          Should we pick packed ones, soaked in water?

          Or dry, unpacked ones??

          1. re: Hiko Ikeda

            Lotus roots can be purchased two ways. One fresh from the ground and dry. These are fresher and better most of the time. You need to be able to tell it is fresh or have been damaged by poor handling. I like this way best.

            The other have been peel so what you see is what you get. They have also been treated with chemicals for a longer shelf life. The water and chemicals in the clear package will not add to good taste.

            Some time there are no fresh ones and the dish call for it as a garnish and taste is not that important. Then you can buy the package.

            1. re: Yimster

              Are they grown in the U.S.? I never see American farmers handle lotus roots.