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Graine a Voler – American Lotus — 14 Comments

  1. So this, o’ course, begs the question: how many ways have ye had the family eat these? A remarkable plant – nature providing another perfect edible & medicine. It’s said the leaves make a good poultice when pounded into a pulp that may relieve arthritic pain – and the leaves and flowers mixed together may have anti-bacterial properties. The water repellent nature o’ the leaves is actually being studied using nanotechnology to try and replicate it’s properties for things like watercraft coatings! The roots make a tasty paste when crushed and mixed with a sweetener – the same as it’s Chinese cousin where it is very popular in sweet snacks!
    Just don’t try this in Connecticut – it’s considered such an invasive species there, it’s seeds are illegal!

    • Thanks for sharing more interesting facts about this versatile aquatic (but you do realize this was a “paid” piece for a magazine limited to 800 words!) I had to pick and choose what to highlight about this amazing plant!!!

    • Part of my goal was to dispel the myth that these are non-native nuisances like the water hyacinth, and to clear up any confusion. Of course, in their natural habitat, they may be a nuisance to some folks when they are thick and that person wants to fly through in an outboard. Sorry about their luck!! But they are so pretty and versatile, that I just don’t see the need to spray them and eradicate them like other aquatic nuisances!

  2. A very interesting article! I did not know you could eat the seeds. After reading the article I wondered about the medicinal qualities of the plant – so thank you Capt. Swallow for your information! The pictures are lovely. I love the one of the water pooling on the leaves.

    • I knew you would like that. As I replied to the good captain, this piece was limited to 800 words, and that’s hard to do when there’s just so much to say about such a useful plant!!

  3. someone a couple years ago was looking for a plant by that name for a treateaur to use in treating cancer. Hmm. with all the cancer today, maybe we should all start eating them. I think she used the seeds. my friend that inquired passed away so I can’t get anymore info. thanks for all your posts. love them.

    • I can always access some of these, Mrs. Brunella, if you hear of a need again. It’s a 30 minute boat ride for me, but I don’t mind doing that!!

  4. Do they sell parts of the plant? I wouldn’t mind using it especially if it helps different health issues.
    If it would help keep mom from falling, I would happily drive all the way down and back to harvest a car load! Just got home from 8 hours at ER with her again.

    • Sorry to hear about your mom. No, sorry Cammy, they do not. I feel for you having to watch out after her when she continues to be so active. I know in my mind I can jump a ditch, but my body says, “Are you CRAZY?” and if I don’t listen to the body, I end up hurting myself. As the kids say, it sucks getting old! I did, however, receive an unexpected gift when I went to renew my fishing and hunting licenses this year . . . only $5 because I reached that magic age, I guess! Some perks of getting older . . . bittersweet, though. Hang in there, my friend, hang in there. BW

  5. Such a wonderful post. It’s only been in the past year or two that I realized what those dried pods were. Some I’ve seen still have the seeds — they’re such cool little (big) plants. They are found at the Wildlife Refuge in Anahuac. I saw them there for the first time, and did indeed think they were water lilies. There are some delightful photos of the purple gallinule walking across them.

    I can’t imagine seeing so many, though. Only a half hour from you? Hmmmmm…. Maybe if I’m a really good girl, and get my work done, I could find someone to take me to see them!

    • Hmmmmm . . . . I bet you could! But it has to be the right time of year or you only see the pads (leaves). July, August, September, and then that’s it!

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