Sacha Inchi seeds come from the fruit of the Plukenetia volubilis, a lovely tropical plant native to South America and the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. It’s known by many names including Mountain Peanut and Inca Nut. Once the fruit ripens, it’s left on the plant to harden into seeds which become edible when roasted, producing a look and flavor similar to other nuts.
Although cultivated and used as food for thousands of years, Sacha Inchi seeds have only recently become popular in North America. This is due to their stellar nutritional profile which has earned them the distinguished privilege of being listed as a “superfood”, a title well-deserved since they are rich in tocopherols (fat-soluble alcohols that include vitamin E and other similar compounds), phytosterols (important plant compounds that are similar to cholesterol and may help lower blood cholesterol levels), polyphenols (immune-supporting antioxidants) and healthy omega fats.
Roasted Sacha Inchi seeds are a delicious, nutritious snack that can be enjoyed alone or eaten just as you would any favorite seed or nut. Plus, they’re gluten-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, vegan-and-vegetarian-friendly. Here are some suggestions:
- Toss with a little oil and salt; add sugar and chili pepper for a special kick
- Add to a trail mix – include raisins and goji berries as well as dark chocolate for a “superfood, super-trail mix”
- Chop roughly, and sprinkle over ice cream or favorite non-dairy frozen dessert
- Add to a fruit salad
- Crush or chop to sprinkle over hot or cold cereal
- Add to smoothies
- Enjoy with dahi / yogurt
- Dip in dark chocolate; refrigerate and enjoy as a delicious sweet treat
- Mix with raw honey and cinnamon. Eat as is or spoon over hot cereal
- Crush and sprinkle over sweet potatoes
- Garnish green salads and coleslaw
- Make Sacha Inchi butter just like you would make almond or peanut butter
- Grind to a flour-like consistency – add to cookies, muffins and other baked goods just like using almond meal flour
- Chop and add to cookies, cakes, quick breads, scones and muffins
- Chop and spoon over pancakes and waffles
- Chop and add to hot grain dishes or chilled grains like couscous and quinoa salads
Serv. Size 1/4 c (28g), Servings: About 11. Amount Per Serving: Calories 170. Total Fat 13g (17% DV), Sodium 0mg (0% DV), Total Carb. 5g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber 5g (18% DV), Sugars 0g, Protein 9g. Potassium 4%, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 8%.
Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.