Makhanas are also known as fox nuts, Euryale ferox, lotus seeds, gorgon nuts and phool makhana. These seeds are often used in quite a few Indian sweets and savouries like kheer, raita or makhana curry, and are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack.
Makhana is highly produced in the state of Bihar in India, the seeds are edible after being processed and are highly nutritious.
Makhana harvest is a laborious method and requires skilled labour.
Makhanas are low in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fats and are good for your heart. They are a good source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous and protein. This high nutrition value of makhanas makes them a perfect and healthy snack.
Makhana is a high-value aquatic cash crop and a traditional Indian snack. It grows in stagnant perennial water bodies.
Makhana has been widely used in traditional oriental medicine to cure various diseases, including kidney problems, chronic diarrhoea, excessive leucorrhea, and hypofunction of the spleen.
Makhanas are rich in nutrients and are a highly potent source of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, protein, and phosphorus.
In India, people make dishes such as kheer, curry, raita, and cutlets using makhanas.