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Water Chestnut

Water Chestnut

Water chestnut as opposed to the name is a vegetable grown in aquatic areas like ponds and marshes and unlike its name has got nothing to do with nuts. Commonly known as paniphal or singhara in India, water chestnut finds frequent culinary uses in Chinese cuisine. The plant is immersed in water for a little less than half its length and the chestnuts can be found growing hidden under the leaves. Though seasonal, chestnuts are sold as canned and processed foods throughout the year.

Water chestnut can be consumed raw, boiled, or as part of filling in various preparations. It has a characteristic mild flavor, bitter-sweet taste, and a crunchy and juicy texture.