Lotus are the world's longest lived seeds. Lotus seeds can still germinate when they are 1300 years old.
Lotus is one of South Asia's most celebrated flowers and symbolises eternity, plenty and good fortune. The flowers are used as offerings particularly in Buddhism and Hinduism. They are mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures.
Almost all parts of the lotus plant are edible and are eaten in Asia. The rhizomes, leaves, and flowers are used in savoury dishes and the seeds can be candied as sweet snacks. They can even be roasted to make puffy 'makhanas'.
Lotus is an aquatic plant whose leaves and flowers rise above the water's surface while its roots are anchored to the pond bed.