What exactly is Sacha Inchi?

Sacha Inchi is a perennial plant

native to the tropics of South America, the Caribbean and Thailand. The part that we consume is actually the seed from the Plukenetia Volubilis plant also known as Sachi Inchi. According to the Encyclopedia of Plants and Animals, the Plukenetia Volubilis is categorized as a drupe. A drupe is a fruit surrounded by a shell with seeds inside. As the fruit grows it will be bright green and become black or brown when ripe.

Sacha Inchi is frequently mistaken for a nut. The nut and Sanchi Inchi share many characteristics not only that they both grow in shells, they are similar in color and more surprisingly taste. In an article published by Natural News it mentions that indigenous people have been cultivating the seeds for years and have nicknamed the seed the “mountain peanut” or the “Inca nut”. Other than physical similarities the sachi inchi seed is in a category of its own.  Its growing popularity is due to the nutritional value and health benefits it can provide. Sacha Inchi is not only good for you, but also good for the environment. The plant can grow almost all year round thriving naturally in wilderness making it a sustainable food source helpful in re-growing destroyed or damaged eco-systems.

Sacha Inchi is packed with nutrition such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, fiber, high concentration of Omega-3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 earning its name as the “super seed”. The Nutrition Fact Organization states Vitamin A supports vision, the immune system and can help your vital organs including your heart work properly. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and protects the body from toxins and fiber helps with digestion and normalizing glucose levels. Last but not least sacha inchi is packed with Omegas. Omega-3, 6, and 9 are essentials oils our body needs in managing heart disease. Other than sacha inchi the only way to get the Omegas your body needs is to consume fish oil or animal fats.

Being that Sacha Inchi is a seed, it is a great vegan-friendly way to add Omega to a healthy lifestyle. It is also nut allergy free. Sacha Inchi can be enjoyed by everyone! At “So Not Nuts” we believe that eating healthy can also be delicious. Our seeds come in a variety of flavors that are roasted slowly at 115 degrees to ensure the product retains all of its nutritional value and flavor. The seed can be used alone as a snack, or as a tasty addition to your power smoothie.