Maqui, also called Chilean wineberry, is a small, evergreen tree that produces purple-black, edible berries. Native to the southwestern coast of South America, the berries are often gathered by the local Mapuche people who enjoy the berries raw, as a wine, or in culinary recipes. Maqui berries are known for their healthful and tonic qualities and have become popular worldwide. Our maqui powder is milled from organic Aristotelia chilensis berries. Maqui berry powder can be easily incorporated into smoothies, health drinks, dessert bars, and baked goods.
An evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the Elaeaocarpaceae family and native to the temperate rainforests of Chile and Argentina, the Maqui has smooth bark, reaches about 3-4 meters in height, and bears small star-shaped yellowish-green flowers that produce edible purple-black berries much favored by birds. Chilean Wineberry has been cultivated in England since the 1700s and was cultivated sparingly in the United States by the early 1900s. In 1844 the French botanist Claude Grey documented that Maqui berries were widely consumed by the Mapuche natives as a tonic to improve stamina and strength, and also to prepare chicha, a low-alcohol fermented drink.
The berries, which taste like tart huckleberries, can also be used to make jam or eaten raw. Dried at low temperatures. Maqui berries are relatively new to the American herbal market and are primarily being sold as one of the latest "superfoods." Maqui berries have reportedly been used by the Mapuche natives of Chile and Argentina for centuries.
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