A new “superberry" ingredient, derived from Inca berry, can add B-complex vitamins, protein and minerals to a variety of foods, but will target beverages, such as soft drinks and nutritional drinks.
The ingredient, IncaberrixTM by Frutarom BU Health, Switzerland, is a water-soluble extract rich in phytonutrients, and is prepared from the ancient Andean physalis fruit (Physalis peruviana), also known as Inca berry, cape gooseberry or golden berry.
Inca berry 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.
“Now is the time for Inca golden berries," said Yannick Capelle, product manager for Frutarom Health. “The concentrated nutrient value adds health benefits, combined with fun and an exotic touch, to a wide range of food applications. But the sweet and tart berry’s primary category is beverages, including soft drinks, nutritional beverages and more."
Incaberrix is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins, protein and minerals such as iron, zinc and phosphorus. It also is high in vitamin C and carotenoids. Recent tests in Frutarom Innovation Center show that clear, water-soluble Incaberrix is stable in beverage applications.