Here at Sunfood, we’ve been interested in Sacha Inchi for a long time. We knew that the Sacha Inchi plant bore a large star-shaped pod, known as the Inca Nut, and any foods used by the Inca have always piqued our interest. We also knew that Sacha Inchi was said to be a powerhouse of healthy nutrients and originated in the Amazon rainforest, so that is where we went!
We searched high and low for the very best Sacha Inchi we could find… and we found it. Our cold-pressed, sacha inchi oil originates on a single plantation in the Junin region of Peru, on the Amazon jungle side of the Andes mountains. There, the Sachi Inchi is sustainably grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers in soft, mineral-rich soils to ensure its maximum health benefits.
And the benefits are plentiful! It turns out that the oil pressed from the seeds of Sacha Inchi is one of the highest natural sources of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) found in nature and the human body needs EFA’s. Cold-pressed Sacha Inchi Oil is made up of approximately 45% Omega 3’s, 36% Omega 6’s, and 9% Omega 9’s. It is also contains about 27% protein and is a rich in vitamin A, vitamin E and iodine.
Now you may be thinking, “Ok, something this nutritious probably tastes terrible,” but Sacha Inchi Oil has a delicious mild nutty flavor. It’s perfect for drizzling over salads or mixing into soups, smoothies and other dishes.
To make Sunfood Sacha Inchi Oil, the process is simple and raw. After picking the pods, they are sun dried to make it easier to remove the seeds. The seeds are then cold-pressed to extract the light, aromatic oil, which is then bottled in dark green glass to protect it from light. Our Sacha Inchi Oil contains no additives or preservatives and is a single ingredient product.
Here is some more interesting information we found on Sacha Inchi Oil:
- Highly digestible, 100% vegetarian source of Omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s
- Has been used for its anti-aging properties and to reduce wrinkles
- Can be used directly on the skin as a moisturizer
- Great alternative to fish oil or flax oil
- May protect and enhance the heart, brain lungs and digestive system
Finally, support of our Sacha Inchi Oil can help to protect areas of the Peruvian Amazon that are in danger of being clear cut.