For self-care, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key. Research has uncovered an underutilized berry that could be the new superfruit, the buffaloberry. These berries contain large amounts of lycopene and a related acidic compound, methyl-lycopenoate, which are important antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for human health.
The bright red fruit has a tart flavor, and has historically been used as a source of nutrients for many Native Americans. The sugar and acidity of the fruit make it desirable as a fresh or dried product. In addition to its potential health benefits, lycopenoate may also be used as a natural food colorant. Recently the buffaloberry has drawn attention from several commercial wine producers.
The research was published in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists.