Saturday, March 12, 2022

AshaPops - Dark Chocolate Popped Water Lily Seeds - Mar. 12, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Chocolate Popped Water Lily Seeds
Good +
Weight: 1.5 oz. (43 g.) in total package
Calories: 135 calories in 1 package
Cost: $6.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Sigona's Farmers Market, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and India Theme Week.

Today's AshaPops - Dark Chocolate Popped Water Lily Seeds were from Asha Foods LLC (Los Angeles, CA). Asha founders are a mother and son team (Asha and Jai), and are behind these "pearls of nature." (They also intend to contribute 5% of net proceeds to their growers.)

This Ayurveda*-inspired snack had an aroma with light chocolate, warm spice (spiced chai tea, nutmeg), faint coconut, and very faint green notes.

These airy puffed seeds were light as popped popcorn, with a pleasantly crunchy texture. 

The underlying seed flavor seemed neutral; and the added flavors formed a harmonious blend of cocoa, coconut sugar and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) that created a very appealing snack. In addition to cocoa, warm spices and faint coconut, there was also a very faint slightly musty green nut/green seed note.

Ingredients: Water lily seeds, organic coconut sugar, water, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), organic coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Allergen-related information: "Contains coconut. Made in a facility that processes dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans. If you have nut and/or seed allergies, please check with a medical professional before eating AshaPops. Some seeds may have part of a shell on them, so chew carefully."

*Popped water lily seeds (Euryale ferox, also known as makhana) have been enjoyed in India for centuries and are a popular snack. They are grain-free and gluten-free and have more protein than popcorn. In Ayurveda (translation:"life science/knowledge")--a system of natural/holistic medicine that originated in India 3,000+ years ago--water lily seeds are considered beneficial for all body types.

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