Consuming this tasty little Patagonian berry favors the body's resistance to disease, regulating blood circulation and helping healing. In addition, its flavor, color and aroma make it an excellent culinary ingredient for sweet or savory preparations.
Murta, murtilla, or scientifically called Ugni molinaeTurcz. is a species of aromatic Myrthaceae that grows on the Chilean Pacific coast and in the pre-Andean mountains of southern Chile. This wild perennial shrub is widely used in folk medicine by indigenous peoples, including the Mapuche, Puelche and Pehuenche cultures, for the treatment of various ailments, such as diarrhea, ulcers, fever, inflammations and migraines.
Scientific interest in this native shrub has recently emerged, and since then, the chemical composition of this plant, both fruit and leaf, and potential new applications of its compounds ( Hauser, Peñaloza, Rodriguez, Guarda, & Galotto) has been studied. , 2014; Jofré et al., 2016; Junqueira-Gonçalves et al., 2015; Peña-Cerda et al., 2017; Rubilar et al., 2011; Suwalsky et al., 2007 )
The new applications of dried fruit and leaves, natural or as an extract, in functional foods , nutraceuticals and cosmetics is growing thanks to their antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-tyrosinase capabilities.