Common Name: Sacha Inchi
Botanical Name: Plukenetia volubilis
Growing Area: Peru
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Sacha Inchi, also called the "Incan peanut," is native to the Amazon rainforest. It has been cultivated there for centuries by the indigenous people of Peru.
Sacha Inchi is a relatively small plant, growing to about six feet in height. It has heart-shaped leaves and grows both male and female flowers. The fruits are small and star-shaped, with 4 to 7 points, bright green at first, then turning dark brown as they ripen. A nutritious oil with a mild and nutty taste is extracted from the dark brown seeds of these fruits.
Sacha Inchi plants will flower five months after being planted, bearing fruits after another three months. It will continue to thrive for over 10 years, providing a sustainable source of income for the people of the Amazon.
Nutrients & Applications:
Sacha Inchi seeds are among the best plant sources for omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids. In addition, Sacha Inchi is high in protein, iodine and antioxidant vitamins A and E. It is also full of essential and non-essential amino acids, and has only 6% saturated fatty acids compared to its 93% unsaturated fatty acids.
A healthy intake of omega fatty acids supports the body in many ways. With an average of 48% omega-3s, Sacha Inchi is very helpful in vegetarian diets as a plant source of these important nutrients.
Sacha Inchi oil can assist the body's formation of nerve tissues, eye tissues, and cell membranes. It may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and help regulate blood pressure and the immune system. Sacha Inchi may help promote normal blood sugar levels and provide support in maintaining mental acuity and healthy brain tissues.
As a topical moisturizer, Sacha Inchi oil has been used since ancient times for nourishing hair, skin and nails by strengthening the natural barriers of cell walls.*