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Are water chestnuts legumes?

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By meadow on Sun, 05-15-05, 22:28

Does anyone know if water chestnuts are considered legumes?

Thanks for your help!

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By Codyman on Sun, 05-15-05, 23:00

In reading the Botanical List of Food Families from the Allergy, Asthma Information Association (AAIA) it states the following:

Water Chestnut
Ling nut, Singhara nut

Chinese Water Chestnut
Chinese water chestnuts used in Chinese food

Acacia, Arabic, Green beans, Kidney bean, Jack bean, Lima bean, Navy bean, Soybean (soya flour and oil), Tona bean, Wax bean, Locust bean gum, Carob, Cassia, Fenugreek, licorice, Lentil, Black-eye pea, Chick pea, Green pea, Split pea, Peanut (and oil), Karaya, Suakin, Talca gum, Tamarind, Field pea, Alfalfa, Indian breadroot, Lucerne, St. John's Bread, Urd flour, Mungo bean, Tragacanth, Pinto bean, Mandalona.

[This message has been edited by Codyman (edited May 15, 2005).]

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By Momcat on Sun, 05-15-05, 23:29

Water chestnuts are not nuts or legumes. They are tubers which grow on the roots of an aquatic plant.

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By meadow on Mon, 05-16-05, 00:25

Thanks for the clarifications!!

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