SEASON 9 EPISODE 24
healthy pasta substitute made of hearts of palm
$300,000 for 10%
$300,000 for 25%
Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner
What is Palmini?
Palmini is a low-carb pasta substitute made 100% of Hearts of Palm – an asparagus-like vegetable harvested from the center of sustainably grown palm trees.
Palmini is kosher, gluten-free, non-gmo and boasts nutritional benefits that include 20 calories per serving and 4g of carbs per serving
The idea for Palmini came to life after founder, Alfonso Tejada, noticed the growing health food trend in zucchini noodles.
As the owner of a food import business for Bolivian-native foods, Tejada was familiar with hearts of palm and had a cousin who owned a factory in Bolivia.
Tejada consulted with his cousin about the possibility of a hearts of palm based noodle – which until then, had never been attempted.
With his family, Tejada spent the next two years developing a special, patented machine that could process the hearts of palm into pasta-like noodles.
In 2017, Tejada pitched his innovative low-carb pasta substitute on Shark Tank where he landed a deal with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.
Several of Palmini’s products rank in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Pasta & Noodles.
Customers enjoy the taste and texture and find that its a great alternative to pasta. Those expecting the exact experience of pasta, are usual disappointed.
Some customers complain of portions and sizing as the noodles are 3-4 inches in length and pack in water. But overall, reviews for Palmini have been mostly positive.
Palmini After Shark Tank – Where Are They Now?
Since appearing on Shark Tank, Palmini has seen incredible year after year growth.
Sales have grown in tandem with health food trends in low-carb dieting and has become a staple for some within the keto community.
Tejada’s goal for the company is to see Palmini on retail shelves throughout the world.
For now, the healthy palm-based pasta substitute can be found in Whole Foods, Walmart, and Kroger as well as Amazon for those shopping online or buying internationally.
Buy on Amazon Visit the Palmini website