Choosing lotus root:
Appearance: Thick & short, firm, hard, plump, juicy with no soft spots & free of blemishes and bruises.
Skin: Light orangey brown colour.
Pulp: White in colour. However, avoid pulp that is perfectly white as those are processed lotus roots to make them whiter.
Lotus roots that does not have much blemishes are young, which are crunchier and juicier.
Also, lotus roots that are heavy for their size shows they are juicier.
Lotus roots with fine roots sticking out as it shows that the lotus root is quite old, which will gives a powdery texture. Also, the older the lotus root is, the browner and darker skin will be.
An Asian dish that uses lotus root:
Lotus Root Soup.