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Fresh Lotus Leaf

Submitted by on August 5, 2012 – 4:07 pm2 Comments | 8,417 views

Ingredient Name: Fresh Lotus Leaf

Traditional Chinese Name: 荷葉 (héyè)

What is this?
  • The leaf of the lotus plant, a perennial aquatic plant related to the water lily
  • The leafs can grow to be quite large (as large as 18 inches in diameter in some cases) and are dark, green in color
  • The lotus leaf is most commonly found in Chinese cuisine as the wrappers of food such as rice, sticky rice – it is not commonly eaten
  • The leafs are usually collected in the summer and autumn seasons and dried for usage thereafter
  • It is slightly bitter and very mild

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before soup usage
  • You can use as a it whole piece or rip into smaller pieces for your soup

Where can I buy this?

  • Commonly available in all wet marts in Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and South East Asian countries)
  • Dried lotus leaf is more common in Western supermarkets vs fresh lotus leaf

What is the cost?

  • 1 pieces (as pictured above) cost around $5 HKD

Any benefits?

  • It is meant to help invigorate the blood
  • It is also sometimes used to help reduce dizziness and fevers

Any precautions?

  • It is not commonly eaten, but can be found in pills/supplements
  • I usually throw out the leaf after soup usage and don’t eat it

Additional Information

  • Store fresh lotus leaf in the fridge for up to 5 days
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  • Gege says:

    Can I use dry lotus leave instead due to we live in sf, don’t think we can buy fresh one. Thx

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Gege, absolutely. Actually, fresh ones aren’t as commonly used as dried ones. Lisa

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