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** /Eleocharis dulcis/ **
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For /Trapa natans/, see Water caltrop.
Species: /*E. dulcis*/
(Burm.f.) Trin. ex Hensch.
Corm of /Eleocharis dulcis/
Waterchestnuts, chinese, (matai), raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 406 kJ (97 kcal)
Carbohydrates 23.94 g
- Sugars 4.8 g
- Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1.4 g
Thiamine (vit. B) 0.14 mg (12%)
Riboflavin (vit. B) 0.2 mg (17%)
Niacin (vit. B) 1 mg (7%)
Pantothenic acid (B) 0.479 mg (10%)
Vitamin B 0.328 mg (25%)
Folate (vit. B) 16 Î¼g (4%)
Vitamin C 4 mg (5%)
Vitamin E 1.2 mg (8%)
Magnesium 22 mg (6%)
Manganese 0.331 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 63 mg (9%)
Potassium 584 mg (12%)
Zinc 0.5 mg (5%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
The *Chinese water chestnut* (/Eleocharis dulcis/; synonyms /E.
equisetina/, /E. indica/, /E. plantaginea/, /E. plantaginoides/, /E.
tuberosa/, /E. tumida/), more often called simply the *water chestnut*, is
a grass-like sedge grown for its edible corms. The water chestnut is
actually not a nut at all, but an aquatic vegetable that grows in marshes,
underwater in the mud. It has tube-shaped, leafless green stems that grow
to about 1.5 metres. The water caltrop, which is also referred to by the
same name, is unrelated and often confused with the water chestnut.
The small, rounded corms have a crisp white flesh and can be eaten raw,
slightly boiled, or grilled, and are often pickled
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