It needs patience and skill to dig out a complete lotus root. Locate it first and figure out its length. Then, clear away the silt around it bit by bit. If it is broken and contaminated with silt, the value will be ruined. So workers must be very careful to dig the roots out without breaking it.
Lotus root is rich in starch. Hubei natives are good at cooking it. A fried lotus root sandwich is always cooked this way. You peel the skin, cut it into thin slices. Place the minced meat stuffing evenly in between the two slices. Then, dip the raw sandwich in flour paste and fry until it turns golden.