Sacha Inchi, also known as Mani del Inca or Inca Peanut in English, is native to the Peruvian Amazon region and cultivated for centuries. The plant produces star shaped fruits which contain oval and dark brown seeds looking like flat, compact almonds.
The Sacha Inchi seeds are rich in oils and proteins. The oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acid such as Omega 3, 6 & 9 and is rich in iodine, Vitamin A and E. It has a delicious mild nutty flavor.
Traditionally Inca Peanuts are eaten as they are or roasted. The oil finds its use in numerous local dishes. The Sacha Inchi and its oil have numerous health benefits. It helps lower the blood pressure and cholesterol level, reduces blood sugar, better calcium absorption and maintains bone density, relieves symptoms of depression, improves mood and problems with hyperactivity. Additionally Sacha Inchi is widely used in the cosmetic industry. The oil restructures and protects the skin, hair and nails.