Kitchen Dictionary: water chestnut
A knobby edible tuber of a water plant indigenous to Southeast Asia. The water chestnut's brownish-black paper-like skin resembles that of a true chestnut, but its flesh is white, crunchy and juicy. The flavor is bland with a hint of sweetness. These are a staple in Chinese cooking. Although the name refers to them as a nut, they are not a nut at all; they are a vegetable that is grown in the marshes. The reason they are called water chestnuts is because they resemble the chestnut in shape and color.plural: water chestnuts
Ethnicity: Asian Ingredient
Season: available year-round
How to select: Choose fresh chestnuts that are firm with no sign of shriveling. htly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to a week. Peel before using raw or in cooked preparations. Water chestnuts are also available canned, either whole or sliced in most supermarkets, but the fresh are far superior.
How to store: Refrigerate, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to a week. Peel before using raw or in cooked preparations.
How to prepare: ater chestnuts are very popular in Asian cooking, especially in stir-fried dishes where their crunchy texture is a standout. Water chestnuts are available fresh in most Chinese markets.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnut
Bacon Water Chestnut Appetizers
|Calculated for 1 waterchestnuts|
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Calories from Fat 0||(1%)|
|Total Fat 0.0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0.0g||0%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.7g||2%|