The tri is based out of Southern California, so for us, we are well aware of the importance of a water-wise lifestyle. As the threat of drought has been looming over our heads for a while, the past few years it has begun to surface in our daily lives. We have seen beach showers completely disconnected, a significant rise in water cost ( 71% in 7 years!), and the sad sight of plastic grass taking over our neighborhoods. In California, we are very aware of the vulnerable nature of this most precious resource.
But what does this have to do with Almonds?
Those crunchy delicious nuts that we all love are a water glutton! Each small little almond requires a gallon of water.
Yes, that’s right. A gallon of water per nut.
This problem rears its ugly head when you realize that California produces 80% of the global almond supply. This huge industry that resides in the drought-stricken Central Valley is taking quite the toll on our state. The California almond industry uses more water in a year than ALL the population of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. While we always want to support our local agriculture and economy, we must also face the fact the ⅔ of the almonds we produce our exported overseas.
Almonds are a delicious snack, and as plant-based enthusiasts and nutritionists will remind us. they are full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. What can we do to substitute these nutritiously delicious “devil nuts.”
Don’t fret Health-nuts! (pun intended) The Almond Solution is here.
Have you heard of Sacha Inchi?
While Sacha Inchi is technically a seed, it delivers a delicious nutty flavor that will have you thinking “The heck with almonds!” The nutritional profile is so abundant that Sacha Inchi is considered a superfood. It contains more complete protein and essential fatty acid than any other nut or seed on the planet! In fact, this superfood is 30% protein and it contains 20x more omega 3 than salmon! If that’s not enough Sacha Inchi also is a strong source of Iron, and contains more iron than spinach or lentils.
Alright, so we know now that Sacha Inchi has a far superior nutritional profile, but how much water does this super-seed use?
Sacha Inchi thrives in the pristine rainforest region, where it is completely rainwater fed. Because there is an abundance of rainfall, farmers don’t need to create an irrigation system that draws from local rivers and other sources of drinking water. Thus, producing one pound of Sacha Inchi takes very little water.
Our tri partner Imlak’esh Organics is one of the best sources for Sacha Inchi on the planet! They are not only committed to providing quality superfoods, but their fair-trade and sustainable ethics are in complete alignment with our conscious party ethos.
Imlak’esh is calling Sacha Inchi the seed of hope, and for a good reason! This super-seed is bringing economic freedom, empowerment, and prosperity to indigenous communities in Southeast Asia. Imlak’esh works directly with the farming communities ensuring that they receive fair wages and optimal working conditions.
In addition to supporting small farmers through their sourcing, they also donate 5% of their annual profits to eco-social projects that benefit people and plant.
So by switching from Almonds to Sacha Inchi, we can help relieve the water stress of our state, fuel our bodies with jam-packed nutrients, and aid in the economic freedom and empowerment of the rural indigenous hill tribes of Southeast Asia.