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Water Chestnut


Water Chestnut

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An aquatic tuber vegetable that grows in marshes, ponds, paddy fields, and shallow lakes.

Native to Southeast Asia, southern China, Taiwan, Australia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

Water chestnuts were brought to North America in the 1870s. They were grown in Harvard’s botanical garden in 1877.

Water chestnuts are aquatic plants that float. They have diamond-shaped leaves and either two or four fruit horns. 

New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)

“Trapa natans” from the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System

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