Villagers pluck water chestnuts from a pond in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India. (AP)
Workers earn about 250 Rupees ($3.50 USD) a day after spending 5-6 hours harvesting the aquatic vegetable (AP)
Villagers spend time picking up the vegetable that grows mostly in stagnant water. (AP)
Villagers sort through a large pile of water chestnuts. (AP)
Women paddle boats full of shelled water chestnuts. (AP)
Crunchy white water chestnuts grow in muddy ponds.
Workers use small wooden boats. They pull long thorny stalks from the water. They pluck off knobby brown fruit.
They bag the nuts. Then they sell them.