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Europe: Frutarom BU Health launches superberry ingredient

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Frutarom BU Health’s superberry ingredient, Incaberrix is a water-soluble extract that is rich in phytonutrients.

The ingredient is prepared from the ancient Andean physalis fruit (Physalis peruviana), also known as Inca berry, cape gooseberry or golden berry.

Inca berry is considered one of the ‘lost’ crops of the Incans.

It is native to the Andes, where it has been cultivated since ancient times.

Many traditional Andean foods have an historic association with improved health and longevity. Maca and quinoa are examples of Andean staple crops rich in phytonutrients that became recognized as ‘super foods’ in recent years.

“The concentrated nutrient value [of Inca golden berries] adds health benefits, combined with fun and an exotic touch, to a wide range of food applications,” says product manager Yannick Capelle.

“The sweet and tart berry’s primary category is beverages, including soft drinks and nutritional beverages.”

The company says Incaberrix is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins, protein and minerals such as iron, zinc and phosphorus.

It is high in vitamin C and carotenoids.

Recent tests in Frutarom Innovation Center show that clear, water-soluble Incaberrix is stable in beverage applications.