The Historical Secrets of Maqui Berries – Where Do They Come from?Prior to a few years ago, when interest sparked and Fox News Health started drawing attention to them through lengthy articles, very few people knew anything about the now legendary maqui berries. Also known by the scientific name, Aristotelia chilensis, the berries are now a household name, and considered some of the healthiest superfoods in the world.

Discovered to be growing abundantly in the Patagonia area, found in the southern part of Chile, the berries are harvested by the native Mapuche people, the only tribe of Native Americans in South America that was not conquered by the invading colonists hundreds of years ago.

The maqui fruits have a history almost as fascinating and legendary as the Mapuche themselves. While harvested in increasingly larger quantities each year, due to the exponentially growing demand of the global market, these berries have been used by the natives for their juice and edible pulp for many centuries.

The superberry may look black in photos, but it’s actually of a deep purple color similar to that of eggplant. Throughout the centuries, the berries had become the symbol for stamina, endurance and strength among the local natives, and other Native American tribes were never able to withstand the attacks of the invaders as well as the Mapuche. In fact, legend has it that the constant consumption of Patagonian maqui juice, and of the berries themselves, was the main reason for the survival of the Mapuche, according to Wellness Today.

Nowadays we know the truth behind the amazing qualities of the maqui, and how its impressive antioxidant count can help keep at bay numerous diseases, while improving digestion and increasing the body’s immune system. According to some, the maqui plants may even be related to myths about the Fountain of Youth, due to their remarkable anti-aging properties and ability to keep you feeling young and strong for years to come.