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The Moon festival is the second largest festival celebrated by the Chinese and the festival is celebrated with several delicacies, one of which is the lotus root.

One might ask, "why are lotus roots eaten during moon festival?" Simple, it has been traditional consumed due to its availability, health benefits, and symbolism.

As the Moon festival is held around the harvest period, lotus roots are harvested in abundance and the Chinese believe that the lotus root symbolises peace, happiness, and a charming life.

Why are Lotus roots Eaten during Moon FestivalImage: Jack used  the Creative Commons Licence

A lot of dishes are made using lotus seed paste and lotus roots during the Moon Festival.

Lotus roots are rich in essential minerals and loaded with vitamins, which are good for the appetite. A particular dish made during this season is the glutinous rice stuffed with lotus roots and topped with osmanthus flavoured honey, which is a delicacy that is eaten during moon festival gatherings.

Lotus also symbolises reunion and gathering for a sweet life. The Chinese believe that by eating this their life will be as sweet as the dish is.

Dishes using lotus roots might seem like a daunting task, however, you can prepare these dishes without having to go through a lot of trouble.

To start with, separate the individual nodes of the lotus roots and cut off the ends as you won't need them while cooking. Peel the lotus roots with a sharp vegetable peeler until the colour of the lotus flesh will be off-white and almost white is revealed. Each peeled and separated node can be sliced into chunks or you can also split them into chunks of a size that is comfortable for you.

crispy fried lotus roots - why we eat lotus roots during moon festivalImage: Katherine Lim used  the Creative Commons Licence

Crispy baked lotus root, cumin spiced lotus chips, stir-fry lotus roots with veggies, lotus chips, and fresh lotus root salad are a few examples of lotus root dishes that you can make in under 10 minutes.

Tip: To prevent the lotus pieces from darkening, take a big bowl and fill it with acidified water (vinegar or lemon juice) and let it sit in the solution until you are ready to cook with it.

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Why are Lotus roots Eaten during Moon Festival?

The Moon festival is the second largest festival celebrated by the Chinese and the festival is celebrated with several delicacies, one of which is the lotus root.

One might ask, “why are lotus roots eaten during moon festival?” Simple, it has been traditional consumed due to its availability, health benefits, and symbolism.

As the Moon festival is held around the harvest period, lotus roots are harvested in abundance and the Chinese believe that the lotus root symbolises peace, happiness, and a charming life.

Why are Lotus roots Eaten during Moon FestivalImage: Jack used  the Creative Commons Licence

A lot of dishes are made using lotus seed paste and lotus roots during the Moon Festival.

Lotus roots are rich in essential minerals and loaded with vitamins, which are good for the appetite. A particular dish made during this season is the glutinous rice stuffed with lotus roots and topped with osmanthus flavoured honey, which is a delicacy that is eaten during moon festival gatherings.

Lotus also symbolises reunion and gathering for a sweet life. The Chinese believe that by eating this their life will be as sweet as the dish is.

Dishes using lotus roots might seem like a daunting task, however, you can prepare these dishes without having to go through a lot of trouble.

To start with, separate the individual nodes of the lotus roots and cut off the ends as you won’t need them while cooking. Peel the lotus roots with a sharp vegetable peeler until the colour of the lotus flesh will be off-white and almost white is revealed. Each peeled and separated node can be sliced into chunks or you can also split them into chunks of a size that is comfortable for you.

crispy fried lotus roots - why we eat lotus roots during moon festivalImage: Katherine Lim used  the Creative Commons Licence

Crispy baked lotus root, cumin spiced lotus chips, stir-fry lotus roots with veggies, lotus chips, and fresh lotus root salad are a few examples of lotus root dishes that you can make in under 10 minutes.

Tip: To prevent the lotus pieces from darkening, take a big bowl and fill it with acidified water (vinegar or lemon juice) and let it sit in the solution until you are ready to cook with it.

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