Native to the temperate southern Valdivian rainforests (Los Rios region), Maqui Berries grow wild and prolifically in fields, hillsides and forested areas throughout southern Chile. The tiny, deep-purple fruit measures just a quarter-inch round and is harvested mostly by Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people. Among the world’s nutrition watchers, Maqui Berries have gained recent acclaim for their exceptional antioxidant properties.
Nutrition: Chilean Maqui Berries are low in calories and high in vitamin C and minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. In a recent nutritional study of 30 Chilean fruits and vegetables, Maqui Berries topped the list for highest antioxidant capacity.
Uses: Maqui Berries may be washed and eaten raw, or used to make candy, jelly, juices and alcoholic beverages.