Go ahead, go nuts
Are sacha inchi seeds the superfood you’ve never heard of? When they are still on the vine, the seed pods look like a palm-sized hybrid of a starfruit and bell pepper. When dried, these photogenic four-to-six-point stars look like an anise pod’s beefed-up cousin. They originate from the Amazon and are also known as the Inca peanut; they do taste peanutty and slightly sesame. Dense with omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and protein, they’re a great nutritional source for people who are vegan, but also for, you know, all people in general. However, mention “sacha inchi” at a local natural foods store, and one might get a blank stare. No worries—the roasted seeds and powder are available online. Sprinkle them on a salad or grain bowl or snack on them plain, and use the powder in soups, smoothies or baked goods—we’re talking super, superfood pancakes and brownies, folks. Go nuts!