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Edible aquatic plants

Apart from ornamental and phyto-purification purposes, aquatic plants can also be grown for food. In fact, there are many species of edible aquatic plants.

There are aquatic plants that produce rhizomes that are edible, either raw or cooked, or that are dried and milled to produce flour. Then there are aquatic plants that produce edible leaves, stems, shoots, flowers and seeds.

Among the most widely grown plants for food, especially in tropical countries, are lotus flowers and colocasias (also called taro).

Here you can find a list of the edible aquatic plants that we grow in our nursery. Some species are well known and others may surprise you.

Many aquatic plants are also used for medicinal purposes in various parts of the world, either now or in the past.

What is interesting is that aquatic plants have a really very fast growth rate, and therefore it is possible to produce food at a negligible cost.

The cultivation of aquatic plants for food has been lost in Europe due to industrialization and the high levels of welfare we have become accustomed to.

However, today it might be useful to rediscover the food use of some aquatic plant species in anticipation of a possible famine, even considering that at the same time you can have a beautiful ornamental pond in your garden and a possible food source.

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To make the list of edible aquatic plants shorter, below you will find only the generic botanical species, such as Pontederia cordata. However, if the species Pontederia cordata is edible, also the varieties Pontederia cordata “Alba”, Pontederia cordata “Pink Pons” and others are edible.

For the same reason, only the native species Nymphaea alba was included among water lilies, but all the hundreds of ornamental varieties of water lilies have the same characteristics.

Even among lotus flowers we have included only the Nelumbo “Space” variety, which is one of the lotus varieties that produces larger rhizomes, but all other lotus varieties are also edible in the same way…simply the rhizomes produced will be smaller.

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