Chinese Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis)
Grow your own Water Chestnuts and add a new dimension of crunch to stir-fries and Asian cooking – your foodie friends will adore you! Chinese Water Chestnut forms tufts of bright green, drinking straw-like leaves that spread rapidly to form large stands. Tuber formation takes place in late summer to autumn as the days are getting shorter and the plants are preparing for their winter hibernation. Harvest tubers in late autumn after the least leaves have gone straw-coloured and died down. The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, and are noted for their sweetness and distinct nut-like crunch. Remember to save a few tubers to start new plants for next season’s harvest. Chinese Water Chestnuts grow best in moist soil or shallow water up to 15 cm deep and prefer a sunny aspect.
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