Lotus roots digging

I went Lotus root digging with my husband.
It was our first time.
I like the Lotus root field in Tatsuta Village in Aisai City.
My friend who is over 30 years old manage a lot of fields.
His lotus roots are really tasty, so I often asked him to send us lotus roots.
He makes his own original manure and makes special soil for lotus roots.
Tatsuta Village has been famous for lotus roots for a long time.

The reason why it is famous is the location. It is located between the Kiso River and the Nagara River.
Lotus roots fields need a lot of clean water, so it’s a good area for them.
There is another reason.
Those lotus roots were dug up with how.
There are 2 ways to dig up lotus roots, water digging and hoe digging.
These days, water digging is common in Japan.

Farmers dig up lotus roots with water pressure in a flooded field.
Hoe digging is the Japanese traditional method of harvesting.
When using this method, farmers enter the drained fields and dig with hoe. It is difficult to avoid damaging the Lotus roots.
Because farmers put the blade into the soil. Then, the lotus roots that were dug up with a how are shipped with mud.
The mud keeps them fresh.

My husband and I dug up lotus roots with a hoe.We entered the muddy field; it was difficult to walk.
First, I looked for buds, then I imaged lotus root was growing. The Lotus roots grow horizontally
Second、I put the shovel or hoe into the mud beside it carefully. Third, I used leverage to dig it out.
My husband and I did it for the first time, but my friend told me we were good at digging.
We dug up about 10 Lotus roots in 1hour.

The lotus roots we dug up were all really fresh and good quality.
I made a lot kinds of lotus roots dishes with them at home, lotus root chips, dumplings, lotus root pot, steamed lotus roots, and so on.