Camu Camu: The Tart Berry You’ll Love

Camu Camu powder and citrus fruits.

There’s an exciting new superfood in town that is so good, its name repeats for emphasis! Camu camu powder delivers a potent blend of healthy phytochemicals, polyphenolic compounds, vitamin C, and antioxidants, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins.1,2,3 The pretty, rosy-colored berries have a lively flavor, similar to tart cherries, that blends perfectly with many different types of food to wake up the senses, encourage well-being, and put a little extra zing in your day.

Camu camu has been prized by indigenous Amazonian people for centuries, but has only more recently found its way to other parts of the world—where it’s finally getting the recognition as a superfood that it deserves. Lovingly grown in the lush Amazonian rainforest of Peru, our Sari Foods Organic Camu Camu Powder is sustainably harvested from the berries of the Myrciaria dubia plant, which thrives in steamy, tropical environments. These berries are then gently freeze-dried at the peak of freshness to lock in their crisp flavor and nutritional bounty. It’s easy to include camu camu in your daily menu by stirring a teaspoon of our organic powder into foods, beverages, and desserts. The teaspoon serving size isn’t a strict measurement—it’s fine to use a little more or less according to what makes your body and taste buds smile.

How to Enjoy Camu Camu Powder

Much in the same way that lemons and limes brighten recipes, mixing camu camu powder into other foods enlivens your taste experience with a burst of fresh, revitalizing tartness.

It’s easy to include camu camu in your daily menu by stirring a teaspoon of our organic powder into foods, beverages, and desserts. The teaspoon serving size isn’t a strict measurement—it’s fine to use a little more or less according to what makes your body and taste buds smile.

Looking for some fun ways to bring camu camu to the table? For a sweet-n-spicy energizing smoothie, combine camu camu powder with frozen sweet cherries, mango, ginger, and pineapple. Or blend with spinach, frozen banana, blueberries, and spirulina for a superfood smoothie that’s bursting with yummy green goodness.

If you’re craving a guilt-free frozen dessert, pour your camu camu smoothie mix into popsicle molds and freeze for a frosty treat the whole family will love. You can also mix camu camu powder into oatmeal, coconut yogurt, your daily juice, or iced tea. And when you’re feeling a little more ambitious, try incorporating this decadent powder in soups, salad dressings, and healthy baking. 

 Nurture Yourself From Head to Toe

You’ve only got one body, so choosing premium quality camu camu really matters. We believe that when nutrition comes from clean whole food sources, your body, mind, and spirit will soar. Our organic camu camu berries are ethically sourced—and grown and harvested under strict USDA guidelines. From the warm, rich earth to your family table, each camu camu crop is carefully monitored to ensure that no dangerous synthetic chemicals or additives come into contact with the berries. 

Superfood camu camu powder nourishes your entire body from the inside out—starting with your gut, where all wellness begins. Since it contains prebiotic fiber, the perfect food to keep your friendly gut bacteria thriving, camu camu helps maintain your microbial diversity, which in turn supports your overall health.1 

Interestingly, camu camu can also support well-being from the outside in! Because of its antioxidant and vitamin C content, it’s a terrific ingredient to use in facial masques, serums, and beauty creams. You can even mix a bit into conditioning oils to keep your hair looking as vibrant as your skin.

So sprinkle a little superfood goodness into your life today. Our camu camu powder showers you with invigorating rainforest nutrition and flavor—with no umbrella required!

References:

1. Anhê, F. F., Nachbar, R. T., Varin, T. V., Trottier, J., Dudonné, S., Le Barz, M., … Marette, A. (2018). Treatment with camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) prevents obesity by altering the gut microbiota and increasing energy expenditure in diet-induced obese mice. Gut, 68(3), 453-464. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2017-315565

2. Šmíd J, Kalousová M, Mandák B, Houška J, Chládová A, Pinedo M, et al. (2017) Morphological and genetic diversity of camu-camu [Myrciaria dubia (Kunth) McVaugh] in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179886. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179886

3. Langley, P. C., Pergolizzi, J. V., Taylor, R., & Ridgway, C. (2015). Antioxidant and Associated Capacities of Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia): A Systematic Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(1), 8-14. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0130

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