Botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera
Common name: Sacred lotus
Hindi: Kamal, Pundarika, Padma
Tamil: Tamarai, Ambal
Telugu: Tamara, Erra-tamara
It is a member of water lily family, its large pink or white petalled flowers and leaf stalks rise above the water, sometimes for a considerable distance. The large, round leaves are covered with a network of microscopic hairs, which keep them dry in a rain. When the flower flower petals fall, they are replaced by a flat-topped seed pod divided into compartments, resembling a wasp’s hive. The tender seeds are munched happily in the north-east India. Infact, the stem is eaten almost in all parts of India, and pickled too. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.
The presence of vitamin C in large amounts in lotus root is known for benefiting the body in numerous ways. It aids in improving wound healing, enhancing the immune system, preventing cells from damage, reducing aging etc. Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. Lotus root contains this mineral in abundance which assists in the reduction of confusion, irritability, and fatigue, apart from lowering the chances of heart problems and high blood pressure.