I hail from a small town in India and have now lived, studied and worked across 3 continents and traveled to more 40 countries. While travelling or living in these fabulous cities across the world, I have always held dear my inner small town charm. One of my fondest memories growing up in India is that of my mum serving me these amazing crunchy makhanas (the local name for foxnuts), roasted in home made ghee (clarified Indian butter) and salt.
Purl Pops is made from roasted and popped foxnuts (seeds of the lotus/lily family). It’s a new, healthy and fun snack in the market, which combines the goodness of a nut and the crunch of popcorn. I have taken the opportunity to bring this ancient Asian superfood to the UK and other Western markets, and in return bring value to women who work in foxnut farms in my home state, which accounts for 70% of the world’s production.
Bihar’s agricultural industry employs 85% of women but they are not officially treated as farmers. From buying seeds to harvesting the crop, these women work harder and longer than the male farmers but still remain unrecognised, often labelled as “agricultural labourers” or “cultivators”.
Our mission at Purl Pops is to help support and empower female farmers by working with them directly and shortening the supply chain, therefore increasing their share of income. We provide educational support so they can increase opportunities for themselves and their family. We also focus on sanitation, which includes working in public private partnerships.
Grown from the lotus farms in the rich sun soaked lands of Bihar state, India.
Beautifully cultivated seed pods are harvested by hand. Only the best ingredients, from the most caring producers.
The seeds are dried to get that extra crunch, and every purl is hand-popped to perfection.
They are then brought to the UK to be roasted, seasoned and packed with care.