All parts of the sacred lotus are edible:
- The leaves are used for serving or wrapping around other food before it is cooked.
- The seeds can be ground to obtain an almond-flavored flour.
- The stalks are often sliced and added to salads.
- The rhizome is eaten raw or cooked.
The plant is also used for medicinal purposes.
The seed head, fresh or dried, is often used in flower arrangements.