Let us introduce you to Sacha Inchi, a seed that’s eaten like a nut and might very well be the next big superfood. At first crunch, it tastes mostly like a nut, but after about 10 seconds, there’s a unique finishing flavor. Some say it has a buttery finish, but others say its a cross between roasted soybean and a sugary snap pea. Sacha Inchi ― also known as Sacha peanut or mountain peanut ― is native to South America and Southeast Asia, and it is infiltrating our Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s supermarkets.
So why are we cultivating this fruit for its seeds? Because it has the highest levels of plant-based omega-3s out there. That makes it a great way for vegans and vegetarians to load up on fatty acids. Imlak’esh Organics, a producer of the snack, claims Sacha Inchi contains 17 times the omega-3 oil content of salmon, as well as all eight essential amino acids. Also, one ounce of these seeds contains about 8 grams of protein, which is more than almonds. So, crack open one of these beautiful pods and nourish your body with the life of the Amazon.