Originating from Brazil, guarana seeds have been eaten by Amazonian Indian tribes since pre-Columbian times. Guarana’s popularity has stemmed from its natural stimulant effects resulting from its caffeine content – reportedly twice the amount present in coffee.
Guarana or Brazilian Cocoa is part of the Sapindaceae family and is nicknamed both “the elixir of life” and “nature’s rocket fuel” due to its active ingredient guaranine – a chemical identical to caffeine. It has been cherished by native Amazonian tribes due to its ability to sustain them on long and physically demanding treks through the jungle and for its use as a natural treatment for influenza, headaches, and certain gastrointestinal aliments.
Translating to “fruit like the eyes of the people”, the name guarana emerged after the seeds were likened to human eyes. Long-stemmed, woody vines grow up towards the rainforest canopy boasting small white flowers and red fruits containing black seeds. Our guarana is sourced from Brazilian plantations where the ample humidity, fertile soils and well-distributed rainfall encourages the abundant growth of this perennial plant.