Lotus Seeds or lotus nuts are the seeds of plants in the genus Nelumbo, particularly the species Nelumbo Nucifera. The seeds are of great importance to East Asian cuisine and are used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine and in Chinese desserts. The seeds are most commonly sold in the shelled and dried form. Fresh Lotus Seeds are relatively uncommon in the market except in areas of Lotus root and seed production, where they are sometimes sold as a raw snack. Raw lotus seeds are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and are a good source of protein, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.
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