I went out to dinner this evening with mom. When the entrees arrived her ahi tuna was accompanied by, among other things, a strange looking garnish of 2 slices of a beautifully patterned . . . some kind of root vegetable. It was potato-like, but mildly sweet. When the waiter returned we asked what it was we were eating (yes, I stole a slice). It was a lotus root. It grows underwater, has health benefits (about which he was vague) and has been a big hit with the kitchen, which also makes chips from it.
Are we the only ones who have never heard of/seen/eaten this pretty veg?