Also known as the Chilean wineberry, Maqui berries grow on the Aristotelia chilensis tree and are native to Chilian rainforests in South America. Characterised by their deep purple colour and a tart taste, maqui berries are packed with vitamin C and rich in antioxidants.
For centuries maqui berries have been treasured by indigenous Chilian inhabitants, notably by the Mapuche for their nutritious and healing properties. Unlike other indigenous populations, the Mapuche resisted invasion from colonists and as a result the maqui berry is seen as a symbol of strength due to being the primary component of their diet.
Today the benefits of Maqui berry are widely attributed to the anthocyanin content, the antioxidants responsible for the deep purple colour. Maqui berries are particularly rich in antioxidants and are also praised for their anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants protect cells from oxidative stress while reduced inflammation is associated with the strengthening of the immune system, prevention of degenerative diseases and promotion of cardiovascular health.
Our organic maqui berry powder is sourced from a reputable South American supplier and is freeze dried to preserve the taste and nutrients. Add to smoothies, juices and porridges to benefit from this powerful superfruit.