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Incredible Inca Peanuts

Here at NutsOnline, we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting foods. A couple of months ago, we found a doozy! Sacha Inchi are one of the newest superfoods to hit the scene, and we’re incredibly impressed with the benefits this tasty snack offers.

Also known as Inca peanuts, Sacha Inchi are grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru. These small nuts are touted by TV personality Dr. Oz as a top superfood for weight loss. We can see why! They’re packed with the good stuff that’ll leave you satisfied, but not overly full.

Sacha Inchi contain quite a bit of vitamin E, and are incredibly high in omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, they offer up three times more omega-3s than walnuts. Additionally, 1 oz. of these yummy nuts has 5 grams of fiber. Though they are quite high in fat, this healthy, unsaturated fat can promote satiety and weight loss in small amounts. (Dr. Oz recommends eating up to 1 oz. per day.) Sounds like a pretty good deal!

Sacha Inchi are actually more similar to a seed than a true nut, and taste similar to a dark roasted peanut. They’re yummy to munch as-is for a snack, or on top of salads and in granola and trail mix. We also like to toss 1 oz. with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt or our favorite seasoning blend for an extra punch of flavor.

Have you ever tried Sacha Inchi?

12 Responses to “Incredible Inca Peanuts”

  1. Diane

    WOW! Wish I had seen this a few days ago. I just placed an order and it has already shipped! Guess I’ll have to wait till next time. :-(

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  2. Eric Berman

    We received a package of Sacha Inchi in our last order and they are great–toasty, “savory,” so they lend themselves to less-sweet uses without needing much salt or seasoning, and incredibly crunchy since they come roasted.
    But that raises a question: doesn’t the heat of roasting disturb the Omega-3 in some way? Always heard that Omega-3 is delicate and can’t be used in anything you have to heat.
    Also, while we are on the subject of using these curious nuts, I know they would be good in salads, and, of course, eaten as is, but do you have any suggestions for traditional South American recipes or maybe some ideas on how to run them in as a substitutes?

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    • The Nutty Scoop

      Hi there, Eric! We’re so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the Sacha Inchi. As far as the omega-3 fatty acids in oil go, this article from the Harvard School of Public Health says that heat generally does not affect them (as long as the product is fresh, and our Sacha Inchi always are): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/questions/omega-3/index.html.

      We’ll have to do some research on traditional recipes and substitution options for Sacha Inchi. We’ll let you know what we find!

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  3. Eileen Tatum

    I just received my shipment of 2 lbs of these nuts last night, however, I have to admit they are far from delicious–as described above. My husband thinks that they are rancid and should be returned; which I plan to do. Please advise. thanks

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  4. marlene dietrich

    this is a first for me. i’m sure i will enjoy them. thanks

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  5. lytrelle richardson

    i live in richmond va.i am looking to buy some inca nuts.need help

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  6. Anthea

    Hi there! i live in western cape south africa iive been looking all over for inca peanuts but cant find any please tell me how to get hold of inca peanuts

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    • The Nutty Scoop

      Hi Anthea, unfortunately we ship only within the US, Canada, and to US military abroad!

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