Everything you wanted to know about lily seeds

We've put together pretty much everything you've wanted to know about lily seeds, including the nerdy stuff =) Want to ask us a question? Ask us at hello@eatmakhana.com

What are lily seeds? 
Lily seeds are the seeds of the water lily plant, specifically the plant euryale ferox, the only extant species in the genus Euryale. The prickly flower rises above a giant lily pad in naturally occurring pond ecosystems. 

What is makhana?
Makhana is the Indian name for lily seeds. 

Are these lotus seeds?
No. Lily seeds are not lotus seeds. Completely different seeds!

How do they taste and feel?
Our roasted lily seeds have a light, airy, and crunchy. It has a more fulfilling mouthfeel than popcorn or corn based puffs, and there's no kernel. Easy to crunch, it's gentle on the teeth and is easy to swallow in a few bites. Unlike roasted chick peas, they're very light and don't dry up your mouth with a chalky after taste. 

Nutritionally, how do they compare against corn puffs or popcorn?
Lily seeds have more protein, fewer fats, and fewer calories than leading better-for-you corn puffs or popcorn. 

What if I have a sensitive stomach?
Lily seeds are naturally anti-inflammatory, and since they are non-extruded, they have a higher bioavailability and are absorbed more slowly by the digestive system, which reduces stress on the stomach.

Is it good for diabetics? 
Lily seeds have a low glycemic index compared to corn and corn based snacks, and in traditional Ayurvedic medicine they've been given to diabetics in place of grains.  

Are lily seeds a superfood? What makes it so?
Lily seeds contain phytonutrients and flavonoids, including kaempferol. Makhana's nutrients assist in stomach recovery

Where do they grow?
100 miles from Mt. Everest, at the Indo-Nepal border, lush mango groves, flooded rice patties, and lychee farms draw their water from pond ecosystems. Water lilies grow in these symbiotic environments. 

How are the seeds harvested?
Lily seeds are harvested by hand, by traditional farming communities. Farmers wade into the waist deep ponds, and gather the seeds from the seed pods by hand.

Are they naturally white and fluffy? 
The harvested seeds are bright green, and left to dry in the sun, until they turn dark brown. With gentle heat and pressure, the seeds pop, the husk falls off, and it reveals a fluffy white interior with a light golden hue, which naturally fades away, and the seed is now bright and white. 

What makes Eat Makhana's lily seeds special?
Our seeds are sourced from the farm, and we don't use a broker. Our relationship at the agricultural co-op level ensures the highest quality lily seeds available. Once brought over to California, we gently season and roast them. 

What ingredients do you use?
Our seeds have, objectively the highest quality ingredients found in snacks. The oil used is organic, fat burn MCT coconut oil, found in high end nutritional supplements. The tangy chili lime flavor uses not-from-concentrate lime juice imported from Italy.  All flavors have mineral rich HImalayan pink salt. 

Do you use any preservatives?
Our snacks are free of preservatives, additives, or any other ingredient besides the ones listed. We believe in the purity of food.

Are lily seeds gluten free?

Are lily seeds corn free?

Are lily seeds grain free?

Are lily seeds dairy free?

Are lily seeds vegan?

Are lily seeds non-GMO?

I have nut allergies, can I eat them?
Our lily seeds are made with coconut oil. Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. Please consult your allergist for further information.

Besides coconut oil, are there any other nuts?
Completely free of any other nuts and peanuts. 

Are lily seeds organic?
We source from farms which have Euroglobal ISO 9001 organic certification. Lily seeds are new to the US, and we're currently working on USDA organic certification.

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