Iwakuni lotus root
Renkon, a specialty of Iwakuni, also known as Monzen lotus. The main cultivated species is the “Chinese White Flower Species” that is transmitted to the Iwakuni region, and is characterized by being softer and more sticky than lotus root in other regions.
There are 9 holes in Iwakuni lotus root (generally 8 in other areas), and there is an anecdote that the lord of the Iwakuni clan was similar to the 9th crest of the Yoshikawa family's family crest.
The season when new Iwakuni lotus root crops, which were harvested from August to September, are in circulation. For celebrations, lotus root vinegar is a staple and is also used for Iwakuni sushi