Posts Tagged ‘chicha morada’

Purple Corn Drink: The Next Big Superfood

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

We’ve been promoting purple corn drink for some time. What’s known as chicha morada in peru, or simply “chicha”, is an antioxidant-rich drink. Antioxidants are believed to be beneficial since they can inhibit or slow down oxidation through the neutralization of free radicals and hence delay or prevent ageing as well as prevent certain diseases. Antioxidants can be found in the form of phenols and anthocyanins and it is these water soluble anthocyanins that are responsible for the purple-red colour of purple corn.

We’ve noticed that purple corn is starting to get noticed in the mainstream media. KABC, the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles recently ran a segment on chicha where they also point out the health benefits:

The blue corn contains anthocyanins, which is a plant chemical that is known to help fight the challenges of high-blood pressure and cholesterol…Studies on animals taking the extract of purple corn also found it helps regulate blood sugar and fat function as well.

Check out the segment for yourself:

Purple corn drink may be next big superfood

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Purple Corn Juice

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Purple Corn

The clamour for foods rich in antioxidants has propelled foods such as mangosteen, acai, pomegranate, goji, blueberries, enocianin, elderberries, red grapes into the spotlight. Not only are these foods antioxidant-rich – they are also mostly in the blue-purple hue. Antioxidants are active compounds that naturally occur in foods. These compounds are believed to benefit health since they can inhibit or slow down oxidation through the neutralization of free radicals hence, delay or prevent ageing as well as prevent certain diseases from happening. Antioxidants can be found in the form of phenols and anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are water-soluble blue plant pigments that are responsible for the purple-red colour spectrum in nature. Its high phenolic content means it is well equipped to provide safety against degenerative diseases.

One “purple” which is starting to gain attention is purple corn (choclo morado). One potential application of purple corn is for beverages, and a fine example is the traditional Peruvian drink called chicha morada, also known as purple corn juice. It’s made with ears of purple corn boiled with pineapple rind, cinnamon, and clove. The resulting purple coloured liquid is then mixed with sugar and lemon. Besides being refreshing, it is also healthy since purple corn, like other “purples”, is rich in antioxidants. We provide purple corn extracts for food and beverage applications. If you like, you can try making some homemade purple corn juice yourself. Simply pick up some maiz morado and follow the directions in the video below!