The History of the Lotus Seed
The humble lotus has a rich history coming from Asia. Long used as an ingredient in cooking, the origins of the flower date back even earlier – to the Egyptians.
Long time worshipers of the natural world, the Egyptian people recognized the lotus as the perfect symbol of life in three ways – the sun, creation and being reborn.
The lotus plant made its way to Asia and was used to rotate between other crops. The people discovered the seeds propagated easily and found their way into dishes and traditional medications.
The seed itself provides excellent nutritional value, consisting of a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The seeds are also rich in a variety of vitamins, B, manganese and phosphorus.
Many Asian cultures prepare the seeds differently. Some mash the seeds into a paste as a pastry base; others add to soups; some dry the seeds and cook in simple syrups, making a tasty snack similar to Blops.
Lotus seeds contain a small amount of water and can be popped in cooking oil like popcorn.
Lotus seeds are popular among the vegan communities as a pleasant alternative for savory and sweet snacks. For this particular reason, the seeds are exceptionally popular in India and is the origin of the Blops snack you enjoy today.