Shepherdia, commonly called buffaloberry or bullberry, is a type of red berry with a sour taste.
In a recent study conducted by The Ohio State University, researchers find that buffaloberry has important antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for human health and may be the new super fruit.
The finding is published in the Journal of Food Science.
Buffaloberry has a tart flavor, and has historically been used as a source of nutrients for many Native Americans.
The tree on which the fruit grows is a member of the olive family native to Western North America and is found on many Indian reservations, often where little else grows well.
The sugar and acidity of the fruit make it desirable as a fresh or dried product.
In addition to its potential health benefits, the bright fruit also contains lycopenoate that may also be used as a natural food colorant.
Recently the buffaloberry has drawn attention from several commercial wine producers.
Researchers suggest that buffaloberry might be successfully grown as a new commercial crop on American Indian reservations. It will be a good source of nutrition as well as providing a viable new product in an area in need of economic development.
Citation: Riedi KM, et al. (2016). Variation in Lycopene and Lycopenoates, Antioxidant Capacity, and Fruit Quality of Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea [Pursh]Nutt.). Journal of Food Science, 78: C1673–C1679. DOI: 10.1111/1750-3841.12265.
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