If Kale is King of the Greens, Maquis are King of the Berries…at least for now. 😀 These beauties are black as seen in this photo I took in the sunshine. I’m not sure if they are technically a black — could be a purple, I imagine.
The reigning “superfruit” du jour — I won’t bother going into its super-awesomeness: simply Bing it for all the panacean detail you can handle. These are availble dry because like acai, mangosteen or any other superfruit, it will not survive traveling thousands of miles fresh.
Maqui is making appearances in beverages and snacks at break-neck speed, of course; but I think it would be most healthful to get them freeze-dried as fresh as possible. I rely on Mountain Rose Herbs for superior quality of whatever I can get there, and these Maquis are no exception. They are available on some sites — mostly raw stores — and a few healthy-type food stores( like Whole Foods), may have the powdered Navitas brand in the raw-food sections.
Back to black for a sec — Black, like purple and blue foods are available but not as abundant as reds, for example. Although “black foods” were all the rage, circa 2007, they are still gaining in newsworthiness for their high-nutrient, anti-cancer compounds. Remember black garlic? Simply fermented garlic which rendered it more nutritious (like a lot of fermented foods [such as my cultured veggies 🙂 ] ) The black foods are higher in nutrients amongst even their cousins, such as black sesames are more nutritious than the brown.
and Ooh, I did not like them. Very bitter. And…
…the black was only on the outside, and the skin was very tough and, for me, inedible — at least the ones I got. I don’tknow if a different kind may have thinner/edible skin. My guess is that, the powerful “black” nutrients are contained in the skin. Of course, the radish, itself, is a powerful cruciferous on its own.
I wonder if chia seeds are considered a black food? *Love* me, my chias! 😀
Backy to the Maquis 😉
I tasted one and, hm, not really impressed. These are dry — and I mean, dry. They are not like raisins or the dethroned gojis; they are gritty and sand-like. Not too pleasant.
And, oddly, not much flavor. Part of the reason for this, I think is…
These are teeny tiny! I would say the size of juniper berries or allspice berries, or even whole black peppercorns! So to get an idea of the flavor you would have to pop a few more :).
I was also shocked that a “serving” is 1 teaspoon!
Now, what I found really fascinating, is that, when I put it in my GJGS, the flavor was delicious!
The berries’ flavor absolutely came through. It’s definitely a distinct flavor, but sort of blueberry-blackberry-ish + concord grapes, if I had to liken it to something — nothing too foreign.
By the way, that is the only fruit (aside from lemon) I put in my GJGS in order to judge the flavor, and I still was able to taste it. Interesting! I would have to say it’s most likely the lemon I put in my GJGS’s since citrus makes flavors pop and brings out the sweetness, too. Lemon or lime goes into all my GJGS’s.
Verdict: I’m keeping these in my berries rotation 😀
Definitely a keeper!
What other black foods can you think of?