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The Amazing Story of the Maqui Berry

Maqui berry full of antioxidants

Not long ago we traveled to the Patagonia region of South America in search of a little known berry that was said to be packed full of antioxidants. There among the pristine lakes and rivers, with volcanoes rising up all around, we found what we were looking for: The Maqui Berry.

Maqui berry smoothie recipe
Sacred Maqui tree of the Mapuche, Patagonia

Sacred Tree of the Mapuche

Maqui, Aristotelia chilensis, is a small tree that grows wild in the Southern Chilean countryside, where it has been eaten for centuries by the Mapuche Indians. The Mapuche Indians of Southern Chile are an incredible culture. They successfully defended their territory from the invading Incas and the Spanish and were never conquered.

How did they resist conquest for hundreds of years? Simply put, they had to be faster, stronger and healthier than their adversaries. The Mapuche warriors consumed a beverage daily that was made from Maqui Berries and their amazing strength and stamina is legendary. The Maqui tree is sacred to the Mapuche and they hold that its fruit has “healing powers”.

Legend Verified by Science

Our experience over and over again is that legends about food are frequently backed up by science, and in the case of Maqui it is no different. We sent Maqui berry samples for antioxidant testing and we were stunned by the results. This little known berry received the highest score for any fruit we had ever tested. Maqui came in at an impressive 616 on the ORAC antioxidant scale.

For comparison, blueberries score a 35 on the ORAC scale. Find out more about antioxidants.Maqui has a deep rich purple color which is a tell tale sign of anthocyanins, a powerful group of antioxidants. The anthocyanins in maqui not only give it its color but also give it its many documented health advantages such as fighting fatigue, inflammation and stomach disorders. Maqui is also said to help slow the aging process, a reoccurring theme in antioxidant rich foods.

 

Sacred Maqui berry tree of the Mapuche, Patagonia

Superfruit of a Pristine Land

What impressed us most about Maqui was the purity of the environment in which it grows. The Patagonia region of Chile is sparsely populated and is far from any potential sources of pollution.All of the Maqui harvest areas were incredible sights to behold, nature nearly untouched, green valleys, blue waters, and rich volcanic soils.

Click here to see photos we took on our journey.

 

 

1610 - Maqui Berry, 4 oz.
Maqui Berry, 4 oz.

Raw, freeze-dried, pesticide-free
$19.95

Anyone looking to boost their antioxidants should check out Maqui. It has a great flavor and makes an excellent smoothie. The Mapuche often use maqui to make jams.

Here is a quick recipe for a Simple Maqui Smoothie:

10 oz almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 Teaspoon maqui powder

Combine ingredients in blender, and blend on high for about 30 seconds and enjoy!

Simple Maqui Berry Smoothie
1611 - Whole Maqui Berries, 4 oz.
Whole Maqui Berries, 4 oz.

Raw, freeze-dried, pesticide-free
$19.95
1611 - Maqui Berry Powder, 1kg/2.2lbs
Maqui Berry Powder, 1kg/2.2lbs

Raw, freeze-dried, pesticide-free
$179.50
1847 - Whole Maqui Berries, 1kg/2.2lbs
Whole Maqui Berries, 1kg/2.2lbs

Raw, freeze-dried, pesticide-free
$179.50
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