Sacha Inchi Nutella! Nut butter obsession
Have you ever heard of Sacha Inchi? Also known as the Inca-Peanut or Savi Seed, these wonderful nuts are native to South America, but now they are harvested in Thailand, too!!!
Why is it so special? Because its protein content is 60-65%, and when the oil is pressed, the pulp will be very low in fat. The protein is also very easily digestible so it is definitely one of the most interesting source of protein for vegans and those who prefer to consume plant-based protein like I do. oh don’t forget that it contains all the essential amino acids as well as omega 3, 6 ad 9 fatty acids and fiber.
Unfortunately the plant is still new to the market so it is not permitted to be sold as food in the EU market as far as I know. In the US you see them everywhere. However, despite numerous health claims, there are too little studies to test all those theories. But who cares….. they cannot be harmful. AND THEY TASTE DELICIOUS!!!
I am actually still waiting for them to arrive from the US but today as I was walking in the local shopping mall, there I found them! I wasn’t sure if they were really Sacha Inchi, but then the sales person showed me a picture of the plant and it was clear to me.
They were bigger than I thought. They came from farms from North of Thailand. Pretty expensive, but I just had to buy some! Very crunchy, has no strong nutty flavour like peanuts, I actually like them A LOT! Probably the crunchiest nuts I have tasted.
When I got home, all the sudden I had an URGE to make sacha inchi nut butter!!!! and even turn it into Nutella!!!! OMG!!!!! I was so excited! Just one cup…. hahaha
It is definitely NOT for everybody. Personally I like this but the nuts have no sweet taste so if you are used to hazelnut/macadamia/peanut butter, you may find it bitter. However, look at the health aspect!
From a post about sacha inchi, Travelling Dietitian put this useful table for comparison:
Many websites praise its high omega 3 content but it is not so accurate, because it is plant based and our body does not absorb it so efficiently. I don’t want to go into details but there are a plenty of articles about it if you are interested. Google LNA vs DHA/EPA.
ANYWAYS, I will probably try to come up with some recipes for my muffins or brownies with these nuts soon!