Inka Crops is known for bringing indigenous ingredients from Peru into your kitchens. Let’s start with plantains, which are often mistaken for bananas. Plantains are technically a fruit, but often treated as vegetables when cooked (they’re also larger and much harder to peel than regular bananas). Once you get past the peel, though, you’ll find a seriously starchy and slightly sweet flesh which—no big surprise—is the perfect texture for crunchy chips that can stand in for your favorite potato or tortilla chip variety. Next up: corn. Also known as choclo, this large-kernel variety grows in the Andes mountains. It doesn’t share many qualities with the corn you find in the supermarket, though. This vegetable is starchy and less sweet than U.S.-grown corn, with a similar flavor to hominy. Peruvian corn is typically white in color, and used as a base for many traditional dishes like arepas. But you don’t have to fly to Peru to enjoy these ingredients. Just head to Thrive Market to get shopping.
The History of Inka Crops
Inka Crops has roots in Peru and was founded in 1998. More than 20 years later, this snack brand delivers Peruvian ingredients to homes around the world. From the beginning, Inka Crops set out to not only introduce Peruvian ingredients to customers, but to help fill their snack needs, which has led to creating innovative flavors that add herbs and spices to some of Inka Crops’ most beloved products.
Inka Crops Company Mission
Whenever their customers open a bag of plantain chips or crunchy corn, Inka Crops wants to delight their taste buds. The company’s long-term goal is to be a leader in the marketplace while bringing authentic, Peruvian flavors to homes everywhere. Inka Crops has joined forces with Kimberly Clark’s Peru paper recycling program, which funds the education of low-income children or those with special needs.
Benefits of Inka Crops
Inka Crops products are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Kosher, and free of trans-fats. For snacks that are made with palm oil, Inka Crops sources sustainable varieties from suppliers who are members of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), which promotes sustainable palm oil production that limit environmental impact in local communities. Inka Crops is also British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certified, a food safety organization that sets standards to help protect consumers.
Top Inka Crops Products
You won’t be able to resist these top Inka Crops products.
Inka Roasted Corn, Original
Enjoy a crunchy corn snack grown in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas. Each bag is made with extra-large corn kernels that are non-GMO, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Thrive Market member Yolanda admits she adds a bag to almost every order!
Inka Crops delicately roasts its plantains in pure palm oil and salt, creating a light and crisp snack in the process. (Each serving also offers some vitamin A and vitamin C, too). Member Meredith says they’re great with guacamole, and Hailee says they’re her favorite chip substitute.
Plantain Chips, Chile Picante
If you love plantain chips, kick them up a notch with a sprinkling of paprika, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder. Member Christina says they have just the right amount of spice, and Andrea admits her kids ate the entire bag before she could have seconds.
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