Makhana – Fox Nuts
- 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.