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The Rise of the Water Lily Seed

Posted by Zoe Gregorance on

Like us, you are probably always on the lookout for innovative products that are delicious and good for you. Whether you’ve heard from friends, seen them in grocery stores, or in the press, here has been a lot of buzz around the popped water lily seed. Named one of the top health food trends of 2019 by Whole Foods Market and Forbes, popped water lily seeds are making their mark in the US. SPINS data reports that this easy to eat, internationally inspired snack is the perfect on the go option, packed with antioxidants and plant-based protein. Even The Doctor’s are talking about this superfood snack!

Let’s take a look at where they come from and why they are becoming more and more popular in the US and around the world!


So where does the water lily seed come from?

The seeds derive from the Eurale Fox, or water lily plant, which typically grows in the waters of Eastern Asia. The harvesting process is time intensive and requires much skill. Popped water lily seeds have been eaten in India for centuries. While popped water lily seeds are most commonly known as makhana, they are usually mistaken for lotus seeds, which come from a completely different aquatic plant. Other more accurate names for these seeds are fox nuts, Euryale ferox,  gorgon nuts and phool makhana. In India, the snack is typically consumed during periods of fasting or celebrations however, they can be enjoyed in many different ways. The beauty of popped water lily seeds are their versatility. They can be eaten as a puffed snack, added to curry dishes, desserts and even toppings for salads and soups.


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hat are the nutritional benefits of popped water lily seeds?
Water lily seeds are the most prescribed seeds in Ayurveda, making them the ultimate Ayurvedic superfood. Whether you’re a vata, pitta or kappa, these seeds are beneficial to all body types. The nutrient content of popped water lily seeds definitely sets them apart from your average snack. They contain free-radical fighting antioxidants, minerals that come from the beautiful aquatic Eurale Fox plant and kaempferol, a flavonoid that has both anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. 

In addition to being a nutrient powerhouse, water lily seeds are grain free, gluten free, corn free and are packed with plant-based protein. Compared to regular popcorn, popped water lily seeds contain 50% more protein, 67% less fat and 20% fewer calories. These puffs also deliver that delicious, crunchy texture without the annoying kernel, making them a great kid-friendly snack!

At Bohana, we use all natural, non-GMO ingredients. Our popped water lily seeds are roasted, never fried. It’s simply just one whole popped seed.



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