The shiny, cherry-like Calafate berry grows on small bushes in Chile’s southern wetlands, from Curico (VI region) to Tierra del Fuego (Magallanes region), it also grows in the Argentinian Patagonia. The fruit is black or dark red in color and, when crushed, produces a richly colored juice.
Nutrition: Along with Maqui berries, Calafates topped the list for highest antioxidant capacity.
Uses: Calafate berries may be washed and eaten as a healthy snack or used to make flavorful jellies and syrups.
Chileans often plant the bush from which Calafate berries grow as an ornamental for yards and gardens;
its roots are said to have medicinal properties.