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Lotus roots are used in Japanese cuisine. My favourite dish has to be 
Karashi Renkon, pickled lotus root with mustard. But lotus are very 
interesting, the leaves have a number of holes in the center and these large 
leaves and the attached stalks can be used to strain impurities out of 
water. Just make the leaf form a cup shape pour in some water and collect 
the strained water from the end of the stalk.

Typically, these plants are grown in large muddy ponds in the Japanese 
countryside. The depth is usually 50cm deep and the pond is often stocked 
with fish that will eat snails once the leaves are growing.

Edward Venn,
SMG Holdings Co., Ltd.,
Deux Chateaux Blanc 2-303,
1356 Kobuchi, Kasukabe,
Saitama, Japan

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