One of the Superfoods of the Amazon
Plukenetia volubilis, commonly known a sacha inchi, sacha peanut, mountain peanut or Inca-peanut, is a perennial plant with somewhat hairy leaves. In indigenous amazonian language “Sacha” means “looks like” and “inchi” means “nuts” – literally “looks like a nut” – although they are actually toasted seeds. The virtues of Sacha Inchi have been known by the indigenous peoples of Peru for many generations. Long revered as the “Inca nut”, lithographs recovered from Incan pottery suggest a tradition of Sacha Inchi use that extends back thousands of years.
Sacha Inchi seeds produce an extraordinary quantity of oil, yielding nearly 50% of their initial mass as high-quality raw oil. An analysis of the EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) profile of Sachi Inchi reveals balanced lipids with significant amounts of Omega 3, 6, and 9. It also contains a broad spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids.
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