PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Water Chestnut

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Trapa natans / Trapaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun, ponds & slow moving rivers
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

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sweet/chestnut

BOIL

late Summer

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION:

 

COMMENT: Seed – boil, dry, and ground into a powder. One report says that the raw nut contains toxins that are destroyed by cooking the seed.(1) Shelled seeds (nuts) are also preserved in honey and sugar, candied, or ground into flour for bread and confections.(2)

 

CAUTION: “The raw seed contains toxins but that these are destroyed in the cooking process.” Boiling also minimizes exposure to heavy metals and other pollutants and prevents Fasciolopsiasis, a disease of aquatic plants. (1)  …store seeds overwinter in a jar of water in a cold but frost-free place. The seed quickly loses its vitality if it is allowed to become dry. Sow in spring, placing one seed in each pot and submerging them under a few centimetres of water.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Used for phytoremediation – absorbs heavy metals and other pollutants

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Trapa+natans
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=water+chestnut