Discover the versatility of Peruvian superfoods…

Discover the versatility of Peruvian superfoods...
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New Delhi: The global clean and healthy eating movement is seeing renewed interest in Peruvian food products for the quality of their produce and superior nutritional value. It is no surprise then that Peruvian produce is having its culinary moment after having hit the Indian market with much enthusiasm.

Scientists believe that the ancient cultures of Peru were the first to domesticate potatoes for human consumption. Potatoes are a Peruvian legacy to the whole of humanity. Peru has almost 4 thousand different varieties of potatoes. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But Peru has much more to offer.

“Superfoods Peru” is a very well-known brand in the main gourmet markets around the world. A superfood is a food product with plenty of healthy nutrients. Peru is home to many products that fall under this category. Superfoods at their simplest may be defined as nutritionally dense foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and are considered to be good for health and well-being. A regular consumption of these products of superior quality has many benefits, including aiding in increasing energy and vitality, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure and helping to fight and prevent diseases.

Thousands of years ago, the fusion of the soil and Andean wisdom created a special harvest in Peru. Its products born of biodiversity and exceptional ancient innovation, are part of what is today known as the superfood family: natural, healthy and nutritious.

Due to its microclimates and diverse topography, Peru is home to thousands of foods found nowhere else on the planet, many of which are staggering in their content of potent nutrients. These superfoods are known for healing properties in their native Andes and Amazonian regions, and there are numerous superfoods hailing from Peru that have aided in substance and nourishment.

Peru is home to grains such as quinoa, amaranth, canihua; nuts like sacha inchi and Amazonian nuts; and fruits like camu camu, avocados, grapes and lucuma, all included in the category of Superfoods Peru.

Quinoa is an Andean plant which originated in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia, which is a gluten-free grain and a source of a high level of protein and essential amino acids. Peru is home to 3000 varieties of it.

Sacha inchi nuts are the best vegetable source of healthy fats and its oil has better quality in omegas than conventional oils, like olive oil among others. Maca powder obtained from the roots of the ancient tuber of Lepidium meyenii is an excellent supplement high in fiber and minerals with adaptogenic properties.

During 2020, Peru exported 287 metric tons of organic golden berry, which represented more than 200 million dollars in sales abroad. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, golden berries help in reducing inflammation, cholesterol levels and calms autoimmune diseases and some neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, golden berries are also known to contain antioxidants and this helps to strengthen one’s cardiovascular system.

With the onset of COVID-19, Indian consumers’ focus has been on natural agents like fruits, home-made recipes to boost immunity. These superfoods are a great source for not just boosting immunity but also helps in providing key nutrients. ‘The Peruvian superfoods are a rich source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals which brings the versatility to the table and makes it a great addition to your regular diet”, says Luis Cabello.