Ugni molinae, a shrub with evergreen leaves that is commonly known by its regional names like Chilean guava and strawberry myrtle. It can grow from 30 to 170cm tall. The fruit is native to Chile and other regions in southern Argentina. It is sometimes marketed as Ugni berry.
They are known as New Zealand Cranberry in New Zealand. Although they can be grown to a limited extent, these berries are small in size, measuring around 1 cm in diameter. They come in a variety of colors, including red, white, and purple. The fruit matures in the autumn, between March and May, if it is grown in its natural habitat (Valdivian temperate rainforests). Although the fruit is not allowed to be cooked in Chile, it can be used in jams, Murta con membrillo desserts and in Kuchens.
The fruit’s antioxidants are believed to have many health-promoting benefits for people.
Some cancers can be reduced
Development of cataracts
Duodenal and gastric ulcers
Viral and bacterial infections