Inca peanut (Plukenetia volubilis)

Inca peanut (Plukenetia volubilis)

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The Inca Peanut, also known as the Mountain Peanut and Sacha Inchi, is a perennial evergreen climbing shrub native to the tropics of South America. It is a fatty-acid rich relative of the Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) family, related to the Otaheitie Indian Gooseberry and Castor-Oil Plant. The oil extracted from the Inca Peanuts contains high-volume amounts of omega 3 that can be used for many health and beauty purposes. 

Their protein-rich seeds are one of Peru’s oldest cultivated plants, popular for roasting and containing a rich, oily, robust nutty crunch. Think chickpea crossed with a peanut, as far as flavor. The rich oil extracted from the seed is often found in cosmetics. Leaves are often cooked down and used for greens.

A fast, container-friendly grower, the Inca Peanut grows semi-hairy heart shaped leaves on a climbing vine. Best with a trellis, it creates weaving vines adorned with green, 5-sided, inedible pulped fruits which are kept on their vines to dry and brown before harvesting for their mature seeds.

Common Names: 
Sacha Peanut, Mountain Peanut, Inca Nut, Amendoim-de-Inka, Amuio, Ticazo, Wild peanut, Supua, Sacha inchi

Native to:
Tropical South America

Traditional Uses: 
Culinary, Cosmetics

Plant Type:
Perennial Evergreen Climbing Shrub


Harvest Season:
8 months after sowing

Mature Size:
6 ft tall 

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, well-draining soil. Grows best in slightly acidic soil. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate: 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 10-12 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

Our Inca Peanut is grown by seed and is capable of harvest within a growing season

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  • MH
    Mary H.
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    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 1-5
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    Nutritious Garden Plants

    Thank you Sow Exotic for offering such healthy plants to eat -- such as the Inca peanut. I planted my Inca peanut plant near the base of a tree -- since they are vine plants.

  • JB
    Jenna B.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    Made it and has new growth

    This plant made it all the way to Arizona in great shape. It only lost a few leaves and already has new growth.

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