Peru has superfoods that can’t be found anywhere else. Here are the top 12 Peruvian superfoods super-packed with nutritious goodness (some of which you may not have even heard of yet).
What is a superfood? It’s a term, promoted by marketers, that describes a food item that is dense with healthy nutrients. Peru is privileged to have numerous fruits and vegetables that fall under this category. Health-conscious consumers around the planet are hunting like never before for the superfoods to help them enjoy a healthier lifestyle. It should then come as no surprise that Peru’s superfoods are getting a lot of attention.
Check out our video and learn more about Peru’s top 12 superfoods below. Some of these you will be able to find at your local grocery store. For others, you might need to travel to Peru in order to try for yourself!
A root fruit similar to ginseng that helps with enhancing fertility, treating hormonal problems, and is an energy enhancer.
A delicious and nutritious black, red, and white Andean grain. It’s high in fiber and protein. These days, you can find quinoa around the world.
It’s also known as amaranth. This grain is high in protein, amino acids, and it helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
4. Camu Camu
An amazing red fruit from the jungle. Camu camu contains five times more vitamin c than oranges.
This creamy fruit is rich in vitamin B3, calcium and protein. It was also known as the “gold of the Incas.”
6. Maiz Morado
Purple corn contains anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties that also encourage connective tissue regeneration.
This sweet tasting root has great health benefits for people that suffer from diabetes.
Not only is cacao used to make chocolate, but it’s also consumed by itself for its health benefits. Cacao also has benefits for skincare.
The goldenberry may be small but its packed with vitamin C, making it a powerful fruit.
10. Sacha Inchi
This nut is generally consumed in oil and is rich in omega-3, vitamin A and antioxidants.
Sweet potato is high in fiber and contains beta-carotene, which helps protect the eyes from UV radiation.
It is also known as cassava. It helps regulate cholesterol levels in addition to stabilizing heart rate and blood pressure.
This article has been updated from its original version published on Sep 28, 2018.