The Latest Super Fruit?
Yes, another new antioxidant rich super-fruit has arrived on the health scene.
It's monicker is actually a commercialized name that was given within the past few years to the fruit of the Myrica rubra plant, a plant grown and used in Asia for thousands of years.
The name is said to have evolved from the Chinese word for this fruit, “yang-mei” (meaning "poplar plum"), which when enunciated sounds very much like “yum-my”.
Yang-mei is also known as Chinese bayberry, Japanese Bayberry, and Red Bayberry.
Yang-mei is native to eastern Asia, predominantly to China, but most likely to Japan and Southeast Asia as well, and grows in other temperate areas around the world.
It's reported that Yang-mei is so popular in China, that about twice as many acres are devoted to growing it as the number devoted to apple orchards in the United States.
Commercial crops for the recent increase in world demand currently appear to be available only from China.
Yang-mei fruit is not yet available for import into the U.S. due to pest issues and its highly perishable nature.
The juice though, can be imported.
Myrica rubra is an evergreen shrub which grows up to 20 meters in height.
The flowers are monoecious and are pollinated by wind.
The plant prefers acid and neutral soils, requires moist well-drained soil, and can grow in sunny or semi-shaded areas.
Yumberry are not actually berries, but rather “drupes” (like cherries), which means they have an outer shell with a single stone seed in the middle surrounded by juicy pulp.
This super fruit has been described as aromatic and succulent, with a sweet, yet agreeable sub-acid taste.
Depending upon variety, its color can be white, pink, red, or purple, with purple being more desirable for quality and flavor.
It has a bumpy skin and grows up to 25mm in diameter.
This healthy fruit is high in antioxidants, ellagic acid, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin-C, thiamine, riboflavin and carotene.
The Yumberry health benefits have been reported to include the following:
The round purple fruits are not only rich in vitamins and minerals but also boast some powerful antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals as well as boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure and LDL "bad" cholesterol.
In Chinese medicine, it is said to aid digestion and improve the eyesight and the complexion.
These lychee lookalikes are quickly following in the footsteps of other vitamin packed fruits like the blueberry, the pomegranate, and the Açai berry, and are now being exported and bottled as a health drink in North America and Europe.
The name alone will no doubt make it a popular choice for consumers!
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