From The Pond To The Table

flowering prickly water lily plant surrounded by lily pads

Step One

Naturally Grown


Each plant spends 8 months growing. Our farmers use regenerative and traditional farming practices where no pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals of any sort are used in this process. The flowers are perennial, meaning they grow back every year without having to be planted again.

Step Two

Picked by Hand


During harvest season our farmers dive into the ponds and carefully handpick each blossoming water lily pad to ensure it has reached peak ripeness. They then separate the dark seeds from the pod.

a pond in bihar, india with multiple prickly water lily plants blooming and lily pads
water lily seeds before they are popped. after sunbathing for 3 days. they are dark indigo, and the size of large blueberries

Step Three

Sunbathing


Next the seeds spend 3 whole days air-drying in the bright natural sunshine. The warm dry air at the foothills of the Himalayas is the perfect climate to rest in. After this process the seeds harden and resemble a large dark popcorn kernel.

Step Four

Popping Time

Our female farmers roast the seeds over an open flame using a wok type tool. The farming process is sustainable from start to finish, the fires are stoked using dried corn cobs that would otherwise go to waste. The high heat and pressure causes the seeds to puff up, shedding their hard and dark shell, revealing light, crunchy, snow-coloured puffs the size of large blueberries.

a handful of freshly popped water lily seeds, also known as makhana
our female farmers in their storeroom sorting through freshly popped water lily seeds, also known as makhana

Step Five

Sorting


Next, the freshly popped makhana are sorted by hand, removing any shells or husks and ensuring only the highest quality seeds are sent to Toronto for flavouring.

Step Six

Travel


The popped makhana are then loaded up sky high on tuk-tuks like this one and driven to the local port. From there they travel the ocean by ship to arrive in Canada!

a small india tuk tuk with over 20 large bags of popped water lily seeds ready to be delivered to canada
natasha in our flavour kitchen holding bags of freshly produced sweet and salty makhana, right here in canada

Step Seven

Seasoning


Finally, we season the popped makhana right here in Toronto, Canada. We flavour them with the highest quality ingredients we can find ensuring the best taste for you. Happy Snackin!

left: bbq makhana bag,red. centre: golden turmeric makhana bag, yellow. right: sweet and salty makhana bag, brown. laid flat on a wooden deck

ALL NATURAL

We created every flavour of Dear Snackers Makhana products in-house, ourselves. Countless hours of trials and testing with ONLY clean ingredients .

It took a while but we nailed some amazing flavours using only real and natural ingredients.

We don't want to brag but we use superfoods like turmeric and coconut flour in our seasonings! All of our products have less than 7 ingredients, and we want you to know exactly what they are so we feature our ingredient list on every product page.

NON-GMO

Makhana are a sustainable crop, and therefore a sustainable choice. Because of where the prickly water lily plant grows, it does not require using massive inputs of water and energy to ensure a successful yield.

Makhana, often called fox nuts, are grown without the use of pesticides, fungicides, or fertilizers, as these things actually damage the plant and the waters where they grow. They are a local crop, suited to the Indian climate, and our work with the village where our makhana farm is located in Bihar, India, ensures that the farmers will be able to continue their regenerative and traditional farming practices

a still water lily pond with many flowering plants
vegan

Vegan

BBQ and Sweet & Salty are made without the use of any animal products, making them suitable for all vegans and vegetarians.

gluten free

Gluten-Free

Popped water lily seeds are entirely gluten-free!

made in canada

Made In Canada

Proudly Canadian

sweet and salty makhana bag on a pink background

How Do Makhana Compare To Popcorn

The number one question we receive is "What are Makhana?"
The easiest way to answer that is to say it's like popcorn, but better.
"Better than popcorn", you say. "That's not possible".

image is of a single popped water lily seed. text: no hull to get stuck in your teeth, super light, airy, and extra crunchy, grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. 6g of protein and 4g of fibre, makhana are truly a nutrient powerhouse

Hey, we're not here to rain on popcorn's parade, we're popcorn lovers too, it's been a movie staple for decades and is also a great source of fibre.
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Makhana have the same ease of consumption, similar health benefits, plus just a few more things that take it up a notch in the makhana vs. popcorn debate.
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Don't take our word for it, check them out for yourself

a single popped corn kernel. text: bagged and packaged popcorn is often filled with unhealthy saturated and trans fats. popcorn hulls getting stuck in your teeth or the back of your throat are the WORST. monoculture farming is how most corn is grown which degrades soil quality. popped kernels are not created equal, some don't pop at all!
bag of dear snackers bbq makhana on a pink background
soy-free

Soy-Free


No soy or soy by-products

gmo-free

GMO-Free

No pesticides
No fungicides
No fertilizers
No genetically modified ingredients

100% natural

100% Natural

No artificial flavours or colours
No preservatives
Only ingredients you can pronounce