Botanicals

Botanicals

We also offer raw botanicals (not extracted) that can be used for infusions, beverages and food applications. These botanicals are grown following stringent agricultural practices (most often following organic guidelines) and carefully harvested. They are later processed (dehydration mainly) to be stabilized, and minimally processed to meet particle size requirements.






Botanicals

  • Cat’s Claw
  • Coffee fruit (“Cascara”)
  • Guarana
  • Guayusa
  • Maca
  • Yacon
  • Yerba Mate

Cat’s Claw

Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s claw is a vine plant of the Rubiaceae Family originally from the Peruvian Jungles. The plant has long been used as a medicinal herb by the indigenous people in Peru. Compounds contained in cat’s claw have been linked to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Format available: powder.

Coffee fruit (“Cascara”)

Coffea arabica

The ripe coffee fruit is a lively, red cherry that envelops the coffee bean. The use of green and roasted coffee beans has had a long and traditional application. Recently, growing attention has been given to the whole fruit (with or without the seed) due to its flavor and nutritional profile. The whole fruit flavor and nutritional profile is receiving growing attention.

Formats available: Organic and conventional.

 

Guarana

Paullinia cupana

Guarana is a seed from native trees of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It has been used by Amazon Indians for centuries and is well known for its therapeutic effects. The word guarana originates from the Tupi-Guarani word guara-ná, which means “fruit as the eyes of people”, since it resembles a human eye.

Mature guarana seeds contain impressive levels of a range of stimulating compounds including caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. Guarana seeds also contain antioxidants, saponins, tannins and catechins. The components of guarana seeds work synergistically providing a more stimulating effect than caffeine alone. Guarana has a unique flavor and is an attractive ingredient in energy-boosting formulations such as beverages, bars and powder blends.

Formats available: seeds and powder (organic).

Guayusa

Ilex guayusa

Guayusa is an herb originally found in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. In recent years it has gained recognition for its flavor and properties.

Guayusa is a relative of Yerba Mate but has a unique taste: mild, earthy, slightly sweet with grassy notes and no tannins. Today the agroforestry extraction of guayusa is performed by local farmers and focuses on sustainable practices favoring organic cultivation, biodiversity, and the preservation of local culture and traditions. It has a slightly higher caffeine content than yerba mate and yet similar beneficial health effects. Guayusa can be used in teas and energy drinks.

Format available: leaves (organic).

Maca

Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a crop which grows above 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Its consumption dates back to the Inca Era, around 2,000 years ago. Native Peruvians traditionally use the maca root for both nutrition and medicinal purposes.

The edible part is the multi-colored root (yellow, red, and black). Maca is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron). Maca is a nutritious and energizing superfood consumed worldwide.

Format available: powder (organic).

Yacon

Smallanthus sonchfolius

 Yacon is an Andean crop growing between 3,000 and 11,000 ft altitude in Peru. Its main components are fructooligosaccharides, polyphenols and inulin. Hence it is regarded as a superfood: an antioxidant, natural probiotic and low caloric sweetener.

 Format available: concentrated juice (organic).

Yerba Mate

Ilex paraguaiensis

Yerba Mate or Mate is part of the cultural identity in South America. Yerba mate was first used as an herbal beverage by Guarani Indians in Brazil and Paraguay some hundreds of years ago. It is enjoyed for its taste and recognized for its stimulant and therapeutic effects.

It contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants and xanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline) responsible for the stimulant effects. Saponins are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate the immune system. 

Formats available: green and roasted leaves (organic).

Botanicals Dried fruit Powder Extract Seeds Leaf cut Juice* Organic
Cat’s Claw          
Coffee fruit        
Guarana      
Guayusa        
Maca        
Yacon          
Yerba Mate        

Concentrated*

We also offer raw botanicals (not extracted) that can be used for infusions, beverages and food applications. These botanicals are grown following stringent agricultural practices (most often following organic guidelines) and carefully harvested. They are later processed (dehydration mainly) to be stabilized, and minimally processed to meet particle size requirements.

Botanical Extracts:

Cat’s Claw
Coffee fruit (“Cascara”)
Guarana
Guayusa
Maca
Yacon
Yerba Mate


Cat’s Claw
Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s claw is a vine plant of the Rubiaceae Family originally from the Peruvian Jungles. The plant has long been used as a medicinal herb by the indigenous people in Peru. Compounds contained in cat’s claw have been linked to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Format available: powder.


Coffee fruit (“Cascara”)

Coffea arabica

The ripe coffee fruit is a lively, red cherry that envelops the coffee bean. The use of green and roasted coffee beans has had a long and traditional application. Recently, growing attention has been given to the whole fruit (with or without the seed) due to its flavor and nutritional profile. The whole fruit flavor and nutritional profile is receiving growing attention.

Formats available: whole dried fruit and powder (organic).


Guarana
Paullinia cupana

Guarana is a seed from native trees of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It has been used by Amazon Indians for centuries and is well known for its therapeutic effects. The word guarana originates from the Tupi-Guarani word guara-ná, which means “fruit as the eyes of people”, since it resembles a human eye.

Mature guarana seeds contain impressive levels of a range of stimulating compounds including caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. Guarana seeds also contain antioxidants, saponins, tannins and catechins. The components of guarana seeds work synergistically providing a more stimulating effect than caffeine alone. Guarana has a unique flavor and is an attractive ingredient in energy-boosting formulations such as beverages, bars and powder blends.

Formats available: seeds and powder (organic).


Guayusa
Ilex guayusa

Guayusa is an herb originally found in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. In recent years it has gained recognition for its flavor and properties.

Guayusa is a relative of Yerba Mate but has a unique taste: mild, earthy, slightly sweet with grassy notes and no tannins. Today the agroforestry extraction of guayusa is performed by local farmers and focuses on sustainable practices favoring organic cultivation, biodiversity, and the preservation of local culture and traditions. It has a slightly higher caffeine content than yerba mate and yet similar beneficial health effects. Guayusa can be used in teas and energy drinks.

Format available: leaves (organic).


Maca
Lepidium meyenii

Maca is an Andean crop growing above 1,000 ft altitude in Peru. Its consumption dates back to Inca Era, around 2000 years ago when Native Peruvians traditionally used maca root for both nutrition and medicinal purposes.

The edible part is the root with different colors (yellow, red, and black). Maca is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron). Maca is a nutritious and energizing superfood consumed worldwide.

Format available: powder (organic).


Yacon
Smallanthus sonchfolius

Yacon is an Andean crop growing between 3,000 and 11,000 ft altitude in Peru. Its main components are fructooligosaccharides, polyphenols and inulin. Hence it is regarded as a superfood: an antioxidant, natural probiotic and low caloric sweetener.

 Format available: concentrated juice (organic).


Yerba Mate
Ilex paraguaiensis

Yerba Mate or Mate is part of the cultural identity in South America. Yerba mate was first used as an herbal beverage by Guarani Indians in Brazil and Paraguay some hundreds of years ago. It is enjoyed for its taste and recognized for its stimulant and therapeutic effects.

It contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants and xanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline) responsible for the stimulant effects. Saponins are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate the immune system. 

Formats available: green and roasted leaves (organic).

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