Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

The aquatic perennial has many names, including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, padma, bean of India, sacred water-lily, nembo speciosum, and nymphaea nelumbo. The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and roots (rhizomes) are all edible. Lotus roots are believed to be rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, while very low in saturated fat. The plants are also used in herbal medicine. They are sacred to the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

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