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Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Euryale Ferox (or Fox Nuts)

Submitted by on December 31, 2008 – 6:15 am4 Comments | 40,832 views

Ingredient Name:  Euryale Ferox, Fox Nuts, Foxnuts, Makhana, or Gorgon Plant
Traditional Chinese Name:  (qiàn shí )
What is this?
  • The white starchy seeds are produced from a flowering plant in the water lily family
  • The plant grows in water, with large, round leaves and purple flowers
  • Each flower pod contains around 8-12 seeds and grow in either hot, dry weather or cold winters
  • Euryale seeds are dry and powdery, round seeds, usually cut in half and chalky white on the inside, with a brown outer covering
  • The seeds can be eaten raw or cooked

How do I prepare it?

  • You MUST wash and soak the seeds prior to usage (this is because sulphur is used to process the seeds)
  • Since the seeds are relatively hard, some will soak it overnight

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase lotus seeds from either Asian supermarkets in packages, or from speciality stores in bulk

What is the cost?

  • A bag is relatively affordable, coming in at around $2.00 CAD / bag

Any benefits?

  • The euryale ferox is said to strengthen male potency and retard aging
  • It is a good source of starch containing healthy amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium

Any precautions?

  • It is recommend that you soak and was the seeds thoroughly as they contain traces of sulphur used during processing

My mom uses this seed very often in soups.   It is also a staple Chinese kitchen item to have in your kitchen.


  • Lisa says:

    I was in the local Asian Grocer this week and I saw fox nuts there. I was really interested in them. I asked the woman behind the counter what they were used for, since I’d never seen them before. She mentioned that they were a chinese medicine. I asked how they were cooked, she said they were made into a soup with chicken, dates, and lotus seeds. I was wondering what kind of quantities of these would be used in a soup, and if there were any other seasonings? Since I would really like to try this out, the fox nuts looked so interesting:)
    Many thanks for any assistance you can offer.

  • LadyTong says:

    Hi Lisa,

    True about the seeds in combination with a few other Chinese herbs (most common are dates, lotus seeds) with chicken. All to be used (if you’re making a 2-3 L soup) about 15-20 seeds is sufficient. No seasoning required, but you can also add Chinese Yam (both fresh or dried), dried longan meat, and definitely wolfberries. Try this recipe: https://www.thechinesesouplady.com/sea-snail-chicken-soup/

    Another recipe in which you can use these seeds are: https://www.thechinesesouplady.com/pork-bone-with-watercress-soup/

    In general, don’t use too many of any herbs – a handful is sufficient. And because these are processed in sulphur, wash and rinse a few times and soak if necessary to remove any residue. Hope this helps.


  • Dane says:

    I`ve read that these are good for clearing up “damp“ conditions like high cholesterol and eczema in adults.

  • Abhishek says:


    I from India and can supply qiàn shí (Euryale Ferox, Fox Nuts, Foxnuts, Makhana, or Gorgon Plant). I am looking for importer of qiàn shi in china. If you can help me out with the details, i will be great full.


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