This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
" Inquirer." The Lotus of the Egyptians is not our Nelumbium luteum, the American Water Chinquapin, but a very closely related species, Nelumbium speciosum. The latter has rosy pink flowers; the former, straw yellow. There is not much difference in other respects. The Egyptian has leaves rather more glaucous.
As to what is the " famous Lotus," we scarcely understand our correspondent's meaning. The seeds of the aquatic are starchy and nutritious and were doubtless eaten. At the same time, a "Lotus" is famous in the shape of a sort of Persimmon, which grows along the shores of Northern Africa. If the Lotus is to be something that is to be "food for the Gods" - Diospyros,we should prefer to vote for the Persimmon.