Seed - fresh or dried. The seed is about the size of a pea, each fruit containing from 8 to 15 seeds. The seed is usually roasted and then eaten. It is also used as a source of starch. A nutritional analysis is available.Very young stalks and rhizomes. Rich in starch.
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Euryale ferox.
All parts of the plant are considered to be astringent, deobstruent and tonic.The seed is a sweet and sour astringent herb that acts as a tonic for the kidney and the spleen. The seed is analgesic and aphrodisiac. It is taken internally in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea, vaginal discharge, kidney weakness associated with frequent urination, impotence, premature and involuntary ejaculation and nocturnal emissions.
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This species is not very cold hardy. One report says that it succeeds in zone 8 which would mean that it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c but this must be viewed with some doubt. It is unlikely to succeed outdoors in Britain, at least when grown as a perennial[K].Frequently cultivated as an edible plant in China and India, the seeds are normally available in Chinatown markets in the West.
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