Lotus season - mooncake season begins
Lotus is an aquatic plant known for its delicate beauty and pure fragrance. Every year, in the summer, the lotus plant blooms with beautiful flowers, creating a fairy scene in the ponds, lakes and swamps. However, the lotus plant not only brings beauty and fragrance but also has many uses in human life. And especially the blooming lotus season also signals the approaching Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncake makers are busy preparing lotus seeds to make mooncakes filled with lotus seeds.
Blooming Lotus Season: A Wonderful Time Of Natural Beauty
Lotus is considered a symbol of nobility and purity in Asian culture. The lotus season is the most special and wonderful time of the lotus tree, when the brilliant flowers bloom beautifully and stand out on the water. Usually in summer, the lotus plant blooms and brings a sense of relaxation and peace in the natural space. And Mooncake Season is also starting to kick off. People who make moon cakes that are made in a space filled with lotus fragrance also relax their spirits, people who enjoy moon cakes when sipping moon cakes next to a lotus pond, with a bright moon above them, feel poetic. , the moon cake will probably be much more delicious, and the scent will probably be much more special.
The blooming lotus season is not only a beautiful natural phenomenon but also carries a deep spiritual meaning. The lotus is often considered a symbol of purity and nobility of the soul. The lotus branches blooming on the water represent the rise from the muddy bottom to light and purity. The lotus is also deeply associated with the Buddha in Buddhism, symbolizing enlightenment and liberation. And for those who make moon cakes, lotus filling is always an indispensable filling of all kinds of fillings when making moon cakes.
Lotus is a plant that can be said to be able to use all parts without omitting any parts.
1. Lotus root - lotus root
Nutritional value in lotus root
In 100 grams of lotus root contains:
- Calories: 74 calories
- Fiber: 13%
- Does not contain cholesterol
- Vitamin C: 73%
- Rich in copper and iron content
- Low fat content
Contains vitamin B complex
- Rich in minerals and proteins
Food: Lotus root is an important food source in many cultures. They have a sweet taste and can be used in dishes such as lotus soup, lotus tea and many other desserts. Lotus root contains many nutrients and has a calming and detoxifying effect on the body.
Medicinal Materials: Lotus root also has uses in folk medicine and medicine. They contain anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Lotus root is used to treat digestive problems, back pain, insomnia, and colds. In addition, the juice from lotus root is also used to treat acne and soothe insect bites.
Uses of Lotus
Home Decoration: Lotus is considered a symbol of purity and nobility, so they are often used in interior decoration. The lotus flowers are often crafted into lotus art pieces, used as ceiling lights, decorative paintings or decoration on the desk, creating a relaxed and elegant space.
The shape of the lotus flower is also created by mooncake artisans to create a moon cake mold, giving birth to beautiful and sharp lotus-shaped mooncakes.
Fragrance: Lotus has a distinctive and seductive fragrance. The scent of lotus is often used to make perfumes, balms and skin care products. The scent of lotus has a calming effect on the body, helps relieve stress and brings a sense of relaxation.
Lotus seeds are rich in protein, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, while the content of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol is very low. Specifically, 100g of lotus seeds contains 350 calories, 63-68g carbohydrates, 17-18g protein, but only 1.9-2.5g fat, the rest are other ingredients such as water (13%), minerals. mainly sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus). On average, an ounce of dried lotus seeds (28g) provides about 5g of high-quality protein, in addition to being rich in fiber, without sugar, delicious taste suitable for many people.
Lotus seeds contain antioxidants and prevent harmful effects of free radicals in the body. In addition, it also has the effect of gastric emptying, ensuring the whole body's nutrition, regulating food intake and some women's diseases. Dr. Dake Tian at the Kushi Institute - USA said that lotus seeds and lotus roots contain a special enzyme called L-isoaspartyl methyltran sfercese that has the effect of "healing and restoring" proteins in the human body. damage and ultimately make the skin always young. Because of this advantage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturers are currently looking for the above enzyme extract to be included in anti-aging products. In addition, lotus seeds are also rich in kaempferol, a very useful natural flavonoid that prevents inflammation, especially anti-inflammatory effects on gum tissues, especially in the elderly group.
Especially, moon cake with lotus seed filling with light sweetness will be a very meaningful gift for loved ones.
To make a moon cake filled with lotus seeds. The mooncake maker has to go through many stages. From the selection stage, lotus seeds for making mooncakes must be round, firm, and free from insects to avoid deterioration of mooncake quality. When you get delicious lotus seeds to the steaming stage.
Tiny bakers are very delicate when steaming lotus seeds to make moon cakes, lotus seeds are wrapped in lotus leaves and then steamed. This method helps to make lotus seeds stronger in smell and taste. This is also a secret of Tiny cake house when making moon cakes with lotus seeds.
After steaming lotus seeds, they are put on slugs with sugar and then packed into a lotus-shaped cake mold.
It's lovely to hold a lotus-shaped moon cake with a faint lotus scent.
Wishing everyone a lovely Mid-Autumn Festival.