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01-21-2006, 02:39 PM
At the same huge Asian market where I saw the green papaya they had fresh, raw, unpeeled waterchestnuts. I have to say they are delicious!! The texture of a turnip/jicama (slightly softer) and milky juicy with a sweet coconutty taste. If anyone has used these please give me ideas of how to prepare them, or I will just eat them plain!
01-21-2006, 05:24 PM
I stopped eating water chestnuts a few years ago. I read that Thai farmers soak them in pesticide. Not sure if this is true of other countries but you may want to do some research.
01-22-2006, 11:45 AM
thanks for the input. I did do some research. According to an independent sampling done in Conneticut as well as a Federal study there are no detected pesticide residues on water chestnuts. The samples came from every major producer of water chestnuts. One web site stated that water chestnuts are not subject to prevalent pest infestation, so pesticides are not commonly used. Fertilizers are used by many, what this entails I am still in the process of finding out. IF you have more specific idea of where to look please let me know.
01-22-2006, 03:59 PM
Thank you for the update! My info is a couple of years old, but stopped me from eating them. This is great to know since I always loved them.
01-22-2006, 04:06 PM
I think once people have eaten fresh water chestmuts (be they raw or not) they will never eat canned again. They are so delicious and show you just how much the canned ones have lost... all that's left is the crunch!
I only found them once, and still treasure the day!
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