The Pichuberry is the newest member of the Super Food family that is making it’s way into American kitchens. It looks like a tomatillo, cherry, and heirloom tomato had a baby and tastes like a cross between a raspberry and kiwi fruit. At least in my opinion it does. But more than just an interesting new fruit to incorporate into dishes it packs some serious health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and contains anti-diabetic properties all in one. It has 16 times more protein and a third of the carbohydrates of Pomegranate with a low glycemic index.
After having the opportunity to photograph these berries I am excited to see them become a household stable. They have the potential of becoming the next Kiwi fruit but with the health benefits of the Acai and Pomegranate combined. However, unlike the Acai berry, the Pichuberry can be enjoyed by itself, no need to disguise its favor with other fruits.
Right now the fruit is mainly based out of Arizona, being that the distributor reside there. They can be found at local farmers markets across the Phoenix Metropolitan area. But if you are not in the Phoenix area, you can order them online. If you get the opportunity to taste one of these little berries I highly recommend you take it. The two brothers who are working to bring Pichuberries to the United States are currently working with a juicer, so keep your eye out for Pichuberry Juice as well.
Below are some of my test photos which explore some of the many ways the berry can be incorporated into our daily diets. Including a recipe for a Pichuberry Jam. I’m thinking about starting a Pichuberry Recipe Competition, in hopes of finding new ways of using this super food. If you are interested in participating or if you have recipes ideas of your own, I would love to hear them.
Personally I love the French name for them: Love in a cage. Enjoy.