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Kaga Vegetables

Kaga Renkon (Lotus Roots)

Characteristics

Steamed Kaga Renkon dumplingsSteamed Kaga Renkon dumplings

Overview

Kaga Renkon (Lotus Roots)

The lotus plant has been cultivated since the Edo period for medicinal use and as ornamental flower, but it wasn’t until the Meiji period that, with the introduction of new species’ seeds, people began to widely cultivate it for eating. There are two ways of harvesting: with a hoe, as they do in Kanazawa’s Kosaka district, or using water pressure like in Kahokugata. Because of its high nutritional value, Kaga Renkon have long been recommended to nursing mothers.