Lotus root is actually a misnomer. It is not the root but the the edible rhizome of the lotus plant. Lotus root is crunchy with a mild and nutty flavor that is similar to salsify or chestnut. Unlike most other vegetables, lotus root retains its texture when cooked so it is important to cut it into the proper size before cooking.
Uses: Lotus root should be peeled before use as the skin can be tough. The peeled rhizome easily browns (similar to potato) and can should soaked in acidulated water to preserve its white color. Slice lotus root thinly and use in stir-frys, soups, or to make chips.