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My vine has produced some nuts. These nuts are named Plukenetia volubilis.

Here are some notes from a site    

Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca peanut, is the seed of a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. Despite being a fairly recent discovery in the health community of the United States, sacha inchi has been cultivated and used as a food source for 3,000 years in the Amazon rainforest. The fruit that these seeds grow in is inedible, but when lightly roasted with low heat the seeds take on a crisp nutty flavor.

Sacha inchi is much more than just a pleasant snack food. These seeds are rich in protein, omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fiber. This superfood is easily digested and unlikely to cause allergies or irritation. The oil is also available. It has a similar flavor to olive oil, just slightly lighter and nuttier, but it contains more protein and omega 3.

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Comment by David Knapp on July 25, 2018 at 9:00

Hi Christa, Thanks for the article!

Are you still growing Sacha Inchi?

I am very interested in growing some myself and would love any tips. I have been trying to find the seed for growing a plant, but to date have had no luck. Any insights would be a huge help. Thanks Christa

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 20, 2016 at 21:58

Sounds pretty good!

Comment by Rob Collings on December 20, 2016 at 18:10

A good nature's health pill you found there Christa. Thanks for the info :)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 18, 2016 at 8:16

!! Be good if you were building a house, el cheepo doors from the garden ;-)

Comment by Lissa on December 18, 2016 at 5:56

Good info in the Heart Garden link but someone needs to edit the information, they have a fixation with doors:

Some decay will occur without oxygen, but the process is slow and causes doors.

Over watering causes doors and loss of nutrients. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 17, 2016 at 8:10

Ah yes, now I recall. I do have their tag somewhere in the house, not on the plant.

Looking at their website they have a wealth of information. And more input on compost - could be worth a read. Not easy to navigate their website though.

Comment by Lissa on December 17, 2016 at 6:56

Elaine, you and I bought our Saba Nuts (Pachira glabra) from Heart Garden from what I remember. Yet another variety.

Will be interesting to see how your slow roasted Mountain Peanut tastes Christa.

Comment by Christa on December 16, 2016 at 17:39

Auction site has them $8.15 for 15 seeds but I don't know if they come through from Thailand.  You would have to take your chances.  One of our members sold me a plant, it cost a bit, he may have more?   If they are scarified and soaked in water, they should shoot.   

The Saba nut, I purchased from El Arish Nth Qld,  I think Daleys have a different variety. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 16, 2016 at 17:00

Sounds wonderful, it has given me food for thought (no pun intended), I would be interested in getting one but we don't do Ebay. Did you get it somewhere else? Thanks for sharing this Info, Christa.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 16, 2016 at 16:30

My Saba came from somewhere local, got the label some place. From where did you get your Mountain Peanut? Checking eBay, the ground nuts are a fearsome price, no risk I'll buy any unless I can grow it. I have 3 spare bins so one could be for the MP if I can get one fairly soon.

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