Water Caltrop BAT NUT Taste Test


[A Mission music] Greetings my beautiful lovelies. Hi, it’s Emmy. Welcome back! Today I’m going to be tasting this. These beautiful black…hard….things are called water caltrops; also known as bat nuts because of their beautiful black color and shape; or a buffalo nut, because it looks like the head of a buffalo. Look how gorgeous! And this is a water chestnut… So I found these in the produce section at the market, and I just scooped ’em up to place them into my bag, and I have to say they smell a little bit… poopy. And I think that has to do with the fact that these grow in the water. At any rate, they have a very distinctive smell. And they’re hard and crunchy and it’s probably about two and a half inches wide by maybe an inch tall. It has this little top on here and this little here. So this is the fruit of a water plant, and it’s usually eaten this time of year during the fall in celebration of the mid-autumn festival. I found this at a Chinese grocery store. I remember seeing them growing up as a kid, but I have never eaten them before. So I called my mom and dad about these things — and in Burmese these are called water buffalo head nuts. And I was instructed to boil them as you would a chestnut or water chestnut; and then peel them and eat the inside. The inside apparently is very starchy. And here, I don’t know if you can see this mist of steam enveloping me…. So, what I’ve got going here is some boiling water, and I place my water caltrops into the boiling water and have been cooking them for about 25 minutes. And now they are ready to be pulled out. In some cool water, so I can crack ’em open So these bat nuts are perfect for this time of year: kind of in the Halloween-y spirit! So the reason why these are eaten during the mid-autumn festival is the Chinese word for bat is foo, which sounds like luck! So it’s a homonym — so eating these is supposed to bring you some luck. All right. So let’s go ahead and open these up. And these are so stinking amazing! So beautiful! Really dark black in color — and look at all these little convolutions: It looks just like a bull’s head with the horns; a little tuft of hair on the top…. Incredible! Love them! I was told that you can crack them with a nutcracker. Oh! There we go! Oh, there look at that! So the interior is white…. Ooh, it smells great! It smells a lot like a water chestnut. Crack these a little bit more. The exterior is a little bit…. leathery. Kind of similar to a chestnut in the sense it’s hard, but leathery. So I’m just squeezing it and then it has a membrane on it. There’s some…. Okay, so now you can actually see into the end of the chestnut here, and the meat only goes down that far. Let’s do that again. Yeah, so if you squeeze down on the tip here, it kind of pushes it out. Great! All right, let’s give that a go. Itadakimasu! Hmmm?! Wow! Very interesting: it kind of has a musky flavor to it. The texture is very interesting though — I thought it was going to be more like a potato, but it’s actually much firmer and drier than a potato and kind of similar to a typical chestnut, but more firmer in texture, but not crunchy at all like a water chestnut. I know what it’s like: it’s like you’re aunt’s mashed potatoes when you get some undercooked potato in your mashed potatoes — like those little balls that are a little bit undercooked — and a little bit firm in your mashed potatoes… It’s kind of like that. Completely different flavor though —
potato has very mild flavor that’s very readily accepting of rich flavors like butter or milk. THIS has a muskier flavor. In terms of shape and size, it reminds me a little bit of a Brazil nut, but this is much more tuber-like in texture. All right! Let’s give that a go! Mm-hmm! A very strong, musky, slightly funky flavor; a little bit cheesy… Mm-hmm…nutty… Tasty. It’s good! I think would be better with salt. Have a little bit of salt with that. Mm! Mm-hmm! With the salt, it really reminds me of yucca. Ever had yucca root? or cassava? It’s a really long kind of root —
sometimes it’s coated with a bit of wax — and you slice it up and you can steam it or boil it. It has a little bit of that flavor to it, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had these before; and if there’s anything you’d like to see me taste; And yeah, thanks so much for joining me. I hope you guys enjoyed that one. I hope you guys learned something. Be sure to share this video with your friends, and follow me on social media; and I shall see you my next one. Too-da-loo. Take care! Bye! [A Mission music] [*Grunting noises.*]

100 thoughts on “Water Caltrop BAT NUT Taste Test

  1. I will never eat something that smells "poopy". You have what I call, dedication! Ha! Love you and your channel. Keep up your great work.

  2. I found the shelled version (singoda, or something like that) at an Indian market. Tastes like actual chestnuts, but proved laxative for me, so: never use these in a work lunch. BTW, like many floating water plants, this is considered a noxious invasive species (err, genus: Trapa) in most of the U.S., so don't plant them if you are outside their native range (Eurasia). Also, like water plants in general, they need to be cooked because liver flukes can hide in the vegetation.
    I prefer potatoes.

  3. I loved these in Taiwan…We'd boil them in salted water, and crack them with our teeth. To me, they tasted like a chestnut, but with a crumbly, starchy texture–and quite addictive!

  4. Lolol!! 5:14. Emmy, you are adorable!!
    The Coolest little "pod" I have ever seen! When it popped up on my feed, I thought you were taste testing bat-shaped licorace!!
    So cool!! 👍👍

  5. Watched this video because these were one of the basket ingredients on a recent episode of "Chopped" on The Food Network. The host mentioned these needed to be cooked before eating. If not cooked then they are poison.

  6. The nuts are great but hard to remove the shells. Can someone invent a machine that would automatically do this for you?

    Also, I once saw these bad nuts sold at a pet store, as aquarium plants. The owner said she bought them at a Chinese supermarket, put them in her fish tank and they grow into long stemmed green aquatic plants with very interestingly looking tiny leaves. I did the same thing when I got home, only to find out that these nuts had killed all of my fish within a few days. The problem: I strongly believe these nuts (when I bought them) were previously in contact with pesticides in their country of origin. I tried again a few months later, but this time I washed them thoroughly a few times – I actually brushed them to remove the "pesticides". They were great and none of my new fish died. The plant lasted for about 2 months before the nut rotted.

  7. COOL- I stumbled across this video- I grew up with those things and we would eat those; if we could find them during the fall; didn't know/understood why; I was very young. But my grandma would string one thru and make a toy for me- spinning it.
    I never knew what they were called until recently saw them at an Asian market- WITH an English name 😀
    I also remembered my grandma trying to sprout them- hahah Unsuccessful though.
    They are almost like an Asian-version of the Brazil nut–> one hard 'nut' to crack.

  8. When I saw that bat nut in the thumbnail, I was thinking something Batman makes when he's all alone in the bat cave on a Saturday night.

  9. When I saw that on my table I was interested until the smell hit me and my mom was like “here try”, and all I thought was it smells like the goat part of the zoo

  10. I see them during a lot of Chinese family gatherings I have but uh I never really know how or what they are lmao. They just remind me of dried olives.

  11. I'm sorry I kept skipping over this video. I watch all of your videos but I kept skipping over this one because I thought you were eating actual bats nuts the actual animal genitalia and something said hit it anyway it just looks too weird to be real bats nuts and I'm so glad they're not LOL

  12. 😂in elementary school my mom gave me one and said it was good luck, I aced the exam haha 😂 never knew what it was till now lol

  13. They grow in Siberian lakes too, I remember grabbing them and eating them raw fresh from the water

  14. I buy those when I am up in Vancouver at spiritual shop. They call them devils seed pods and people often use them and Gris Gris bags and such, I didn’t know people ate them.

  15. Caltrop – a spiked metal device thrown on the ground to impede wheeled vehicles or (formerly) cavalry horses. These are called caltrops because they resemble the shape of a military caltrop.

  16. In India..there is fruit name singhada..pretty similar and..taste..little bit difference in structure..there fruit heart shape

  17. I had these from a street food cart in Taiwan! They were battered and deep fried. I wouldn't say it was really special, but it was cheap, tasty, and different

  18. I've heard of people who are 'nuts,' people who are 'batty,' even hot women who are bat-shit-crazy, but if anyone is BAT-NUTS , they might as well just forget it

  19. Emmy, have there ever been any foods you've tried that you've been sick by mispreparing or weren't eaten correctly?

  20. The potato would have to be wholly undercooked to have some undercooked pieces in mashed potatoes, because you boil them first, then mash. But I can't imagine how it would be even possible to mash them then, and WHAT FOR. I mean, mashing potato puree from hard potatos, that's just villainy. It wasn't an undercooked piece in your mashed potatoes, they were well cooked, just badly mashed.

  21. I found something like this in Massachusetts, of all places. It was in a watery place, but certainly not a warm place except in summer.

  22. No freakin way I love the way they look 👀 bats omg that is so cool I wish my local grocery store had those wow 😲 Emmy that’s awesome!!!!

  23. These one are a little old. And personally I think the one is a bit green is the best time to have it. I mean have it fresh and row just beside a lake is the best. Sweet and crunchy.

  24. Lol… this is the vid where I discovered your channel…. came up in my recommended list so I rewatched

  25. If i ever open one of these things up I would try to put it back together and store it cause of how cool it looks

  26. -09-12-19 Hi, Yesterday, I went to Seattle & bought some. When I came home, I realized that it did stink, so I placed in water & added baking soda, rinsed it, then 2nd time I added water, bkg soda with vinegar & rinsed it again. All the swampy smell was gone. Today, I will boil some & see how it taste. I will dry some & the rest I will share with some friends & see what they think.

  27. … I just bought them at The International Farmers Market on Buford Hwy , in Atlanta , Georgia…
    Today – “ is the Friday , the 13-th…”
    Thank YOU for the information ‼️
    Sincerely…
    🦇 🦇 🦇

  28. These grow in fresh water and the exterior is often contaminated with helminth (worm) eggs. They should be thoroughly washed and cooked before eating or you risk getting a nasty intestinal worm infection.

  29. I can't believe these are natural. They absolutely look like bat-shaped Halloween candy. They look like black licorice.

  30. Once I visited my relative's house and they were cooking this. I gagged at the smell and avoided it like the plague ever since

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