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Water Chestnuts


Water chestnuts are popular in most Asian cultures including China, Japan, Korea as well as South-east Asia. The chestnuts are grown in water and are frequently rotated with the rice crop. Waterchestnuts are not nuts at all they are technically a "corm" with a dark brown exterior that needs to be peeled away to reveal a white crispy flesh.

Use water chestnuts whole, sliced or diced, fresh or lightly cooked in stir-fries.
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Substitute for water chestnuts

Jerusalem artichokes, jicama slices

Equivalents

5 oz. can   =   15 to 17 water chestnuts
8oz can = 1 cup sliced

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