Water Chestnuts

About Water Chestnuts:

Water chestnuts – where would Chinese food be without them? The knobby vegetable with the papery brown skin is a staple in Chinese cooking. The water chestnut is actually not a nut at all, but an aquatic vegetable that grows in marshes. (This is why the ones that you purchase in the store may have a muddy coating.) The name “water chestnut” comes from the fact that it resembles a chestnut in shape and coloring. Indigenous to Southeast Asia, it has been cultivated in China since ancient times.

Nutritional Information:

Nutritionally, water chestnuts are a good source of potassium and fiber. They are low in sodium, and fat is virtually non-existent. Caloriewise, one cup of water chestnut slices contains about one hundred-thirty calories. Low carb dieters, beware: water chestnuts are high in carbohydrates. You may try replacing them with low carb bamboo shoots.
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5 thoughts on “Water Chestnuts

  1. Roxie says:

    deserving of the praise, a great little crunch to add to a variety of foods…I enjoy adding them in unexpected places like salads and tapas 🙂

  2. Chinese Chicken Salad.Yummy!

  3. bigsmileu1 says:

    This was so interesting. I never knew water chestnuts looked like that. But then, I have only seen them out of a can. Thank for sharing. 🙂

  4. Your welcome. It was informative for me as well. I too had only seen canned water chestnuts.

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