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Sacha Inchi oil from the Incas of Peru

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A good Peruvian friend who currently lives in Barcelona asked me to bring him a bottle of Sacha Inchi oil on my return trip to Peru. I had never heard such an oil before. I asked him what kind of oil it was and asked him to write my name because he would probably forget it in just five minutes.

Alejandro told me that Sacha Inchi oil comes from the depths of the Amazon, it is also known as the Inca peanut and it is the richest oil in Omega 3 and 6 that exists on the planet. It also provides the least amount of fatty acids in oil.

I flew to Peru and did not forget Alejandro's request. Walking through Lima I could see that Sacha Inchi oil could easily be found in supermarkets for about 40 soles a liter bottle (about 10 euros).

Anyway, I left the shopping for the return and when traveling through the interior of the country I was surprised to find the origin of this almost sacred oil among the Incas. It was on an afternoon of hot Amazon sun. I was in the center of Tarapoto walking through its beautiful and hectic markets.

When I find myself in a distant place, mixing in the human warmth of a market is one of the things I appreciate most about a trip. While savoring the moment, I was surprised to find among the species section a bag with a known name. It was a bag containing a kind of peanuts and the word Sacha Inchi inscribed on it Alejandro quickly came to mind.

Sacha Inchi oil is extracted from the same seed that peanuts were made from. A bag of 45 grams was barely worth 1.70 soles (about 40 cents). I couldn't help taking a few bags under my arm!

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