Newén Maqui

In our world of desirable antioxidant-rich berries, some of the most on-trend, well known products are blueberries, açaí and goji berries. They are all good sources for flavonoid antioxidants and offer consumers high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scores.

I recently discovered a lesser known, antioxidant-rich berry called the maqui berry. Maqui berries grow wild in the Patagonia region of Southern Chile. Intensely purple in colour, these uncultivated Patagonian super foods have been traditionally wild harvested and consumed by the native Mapuche people. These tribal people have historically believed that the maqui berry is a sacred food that gives them strength and power. The word for power in their native language is newén.

Newén Maqui is a company that work together in partnership with the Mapuche people to produce freeze dried maqui berry powder as a daily nutritional supplement. They also have a dual mission of helping to preserve the Patagonian native forests.

I spoke to Carlos Abogabir, from Newén Maqui, who told me more about maqui berries and the work that his company does. You can hear the interview by clicking on the play button below.

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