Pretty Little Things – The Pichuberry

Oh sooo pretty AND it’s edible!  This little blossom with an orange fruit is a pichuberry which is native to the highlands of Peru, Chile and Columbia.  I sampled this for the first time at The Peoria Farm Market yesterday. The taste and texture are so unique to any fruit I’ve ever had.  The fruit is the size of a cherry tomato wrapped in yellow heart shaped leaves.  To eat them, you simply bite off the fruit from the stem.  The flavor is sweet and tart and juicy. The recipe ideas are endless for these pretty little things.

In addition to the sweet and delicate flavor, this is considered to be on of the next ‘super foods‘,  here’s a brief overview of its nutrient breakdown and current research.

  1. High in Vitamin C, Thiamine, Niacin and B-12
  2. High in Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Potassium
  3. 1 cup of whole berries: 156 Calories, 4 grams of Protein, 34 grams of Carbohydrate, 0.0 grams of Fat and 7.2 grams of Fiber.
  4. Low Glycemic Index(impact a food has on blood sugar…can be an important factor in weight loss, diabetes and overall wellness…the lower the glycemic index is the better)
  5. Rich in Antioxidants
  6. Two scientific studies were conducted recently. One showed that the consumption of the berry extract inhibited the growth of human lung cancer cells and another study investigated the idea of it being a super food based on its mechanical, optical, chemical and nutritional properties.  The conclusion of the author is that it fits this category based on the high level of phytosterols found in the oils extracted from the fruit which are known to lower blood cholesterol levels.  It also was found to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anticancer properties making them substances of great interest for future research.
  7. Take a Look at the Nutrition Comparison with Pomegranate and Acai berries.

    Right now, the only way to get pichuberries is at select Arizona Farm Markets and ordering direct at www.pichuberry.com but I’m sure in the near future this will change.  Good things do come in pretty packages!

 

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