Camu camu (Myrciaria Dubia) is a small tropical fruit about the size of a fingerprint, round and with reddish and green colours. It is found mainly in the jungle areas of South American countries, such as Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and, primarily, Peru, where most of its production is found and is considered the emblematic fruit of the Ucayali region. The plant usually grows on the edges of rivers or floodplains.
What is camu camu powder?
Camu camu powder is a fruit concentrate that goes through a process of collection, selection, disinfection, dehydration and grinding. At Peruvian Nature, we take special care to preserve the nutrients in this Superfood, treating it in the most natural way possible. This results in a Superfood with high nutritional value.
Camu camu is one of the fruits with the highest amount of ascorbic acid or vitamin C, with close to three grams for every 100 grams of camu camu: 10 times more than an orange and 40 times more than a lemon. Some scientific studies affirm that its high acidic flavor, very similar to that of cherries, is due to the chemical content of the soil or to their superior fertility conditions: the better nourished the earth, the more concentration of vitamin C its fruit will receive.
Which are the benefits of camu camu?
Camu camu has multiple benefits thanks to its amino acid components, such as serine, valine and leucine. Nutrients, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Its high percentage of vitamin C likewise contributes to the formation of bones, teeth, skin, cartilage, ligaments and collagen, a protein that contributes to the development of tendons and blood vessels.
Due to its high antioxidant content, it helps fight free radicals that accumulate and then form oxidative stress, which is one of the main causes of premature aging and chronic diseases, such as diabetes or cancer.
The consumption of camu camu also facilitates weight control, since it favorus the burning of fats and improves blood sugar levels. Thanks to its dietary fiber, it slows intestinal absorption and slows down glucose absorption.
In addition, its seed and shell have antimicrobial properties capable of eliminating microorganisms that enter our body.
What are the uses of camu camu?
Currently, camu camu is used in different edible, medicinal and even cosmetic products, such as lighteners or creams. Within the edibles category, camu camu is used in drinks or as an accompaniment for desserts, such as yogurts, ice cream, jams, fruit pulp and powder. Due to its many benefits, within the naturopathic market, you can also find brands that sell it in capsules or syrups. Although there are no known negative health effects of camu camu, you should always remember that consuming something in excess can be harmful.
In what ways can camu camu powder be consumed?
Camu camu powder is recommended to accompany yogurts, ice cream, oatmeal and nutritional shakes.
We can also use it in pastry to enrich desserts and cookies. At Peruvian Nature, we also offer camu camu in capsules.
Where can you buy camu camu?
The export of camu camu grew substantially in the year 2020. According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (Mincetur), its sales abroad increased by 71% compared to 2019. Exports are highest to the United States, the European Union and Japan. These figures stimulate the entry of this Superfood to many more international destinations.
Although its presentation as fresh fruit has limitations that do not allow it to reach all parts of the world, there are other options that allow more people to have access to its many properties, such as the presentation of camu camu powder from Peruvian Nature, which is a concentrate of carefully-selected camu camu fruits, directly from Ucayali, which undergo a bacterial load reduction process (Organic Sterilization System). This process guarantees that the fruit is treated with the most natural solution that food industry can offer today, and that it also contains greater nutritional value compared to the same amount of fresh fruit.
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