grow water chestnuts in a kiddie pool


What if I told you there was a way to grow a few thousand calories in a kiddie pool?

“What? In a kiddie pool? You mean, like, eating tadpoles, right?”

No. Not eating tadpoles. That’s gross.

I’m talking about another plant: the Chinese Water Chestnut. Known in Latin as Eleocharis dulcis, Chinese water chestnuts are NOT the same as the invasive “water chestnut” that’s invaded our native wetlands. Chinese water chestnuts are a member of the sedge family and look like a 2-4′ tubular grass. They love to grow in muck or shallow water. At the end of their growing season, at the base of the reedy growth under a mat of roots, you’ll find the edible corms, or “chestnuts.”

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