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

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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 Christa on December 16, 2016 at 15:15

This is my first crop, planted it in Mar 2016 as a small plant, it cost me a bit but thought it would be worthwhile as it was supposed to be a superfood.  Lightly roasted and Bob's your uncle. 

My Saba nuts are different to yours, if you bought yours from daleys than it is Pachira insignis, mine is P. aquatica from Nth Q'ld. I think the difference is the height of the tree and the colour of the flower.  No flower on mine yet, and I have seen the flower on yours.  They have an interesting 7 fingered leaf.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 16, 2016 at 13:47

Sounds fascinating! Had you eaten the nuts before you grew the plant? I am waiting to see what Saba Nut is like, never tried it.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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