The Lotus seed pods grow on separate stalks from the flowers. The flowers’ pollen pollinates the seed pods.
Lotus seeds are edible, can be eaten raw, or dried and popped like popcorn. (If the dried seed pods look familiar, they are a very common component of dried flower arrangements.) All of the Lotus’ parts are used in various Asian cuisines, and the roots are used in the making of traditional herbal medicines. The flower stamens are dried for the making of tea.
The rounded seeds of the Lotus are considered to be the oldest viable seeds in the world. Seeds found in China were tested through the process of carbon dating. Their age was said to be as old as 1,288 years, give or take 200 years. The seeds were successfully germinated in March of 1994, and are still growing.