Looks like star, tastes like peanut; Inca peanut is on trend
Inca peanut is a vine that has star-shaped berries on it. The plant is gaining popularity in Kerala due to benefits of its nut. Inca peanut reached here from the tropical areas in America. The nut tastes like peanut and is delicious.
The vine creeps on small trees and pillars and does not need much care but give high yield for a long time. When the berries get ripened and dried on the plant itself, collect them and remove the shell outside. The smaller seeds or nuts inside can be fried and eaten.
Inca peanut is rich with nutrients and fatty acids and is good for heart. To cultivate Inca peanut, choose a land with permeable soil where sunlight is available in plenty.
The saplings can be planted by either preparing flowerbeds added with bio manures or directly sowing the seeds. There should be provisions for the vine to creep on. The berries ripen during summer.