Taali, the foods company from Y Combinator’s W2019 batch, is creating popcorn from roasted water lily seeds.

What do they do?

The word taali is actually Estonian and means “a gesture of celebration or greeting in which two people slap each other’s palms with their arms raised because words are not enough to express excitement.” In other words, a high-five.

Taali offers six different flavors:

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tangy Tumeric
  • White Cheddar
  • Tikka Masala
  • Sriracha Spice
  • Himalayan Pink Salt

They make the popcorn by slow-roasting the water lily seeds which helps give them a crunchy texture. The popcorn is non GMO and all ingredients are whole and natural. Each bag also has 6 grams of protein and no trans fats.


You can currently buy a 4-pack of Taalis for $18.04 on Amazon.


Food startups are starting to see the value in offering organic products as a healthier alternative snack. Although the price points are a bit high, my hope is that companies will put more of a focus on how to produce healthier content for cheaper, resulting in lower prices for consumers. However, I still think we’re a ways away from achieving that goal.

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