inca berries

The Incaberry is indigenous to the high altitude tropical regions of South America. This exotic and delicious organic fruit will not only tantalise your taste buds, but its array of health benefits puts it in a class of its own.

inca berrySimilar to a Cape Gooseberry, the Incaberry is a small fruit with a glossy orange-yellow skin that is surrounded by papery leaves. Once the fruit is dried it has a distinctive bronze orange colour. Organic Incaberries are an amazing taste sensation - sweet with a fine and delicate sour finish. The taste is so unique, you just have to try them.

Ecuador

How to enjoy them

cheese platter

Organic Incaberries are more commonly consumed as a dried fruit. Incaberries can be enjoyed alone or mixed with other fruits in salads. Try them in muesli and cereals for an antioxidant boost. Or simply add this South American twist to the classic cheese platter. The berries are exquisite when covered in milk or dark chocolate or when used as in ingredient in delicious cakes or exotic desserts.

dried incaberries sample


Love to bake? A unique and distinctive ingredient, dried Incaberries are ideal for breads, cakes, muffins, biscuits, slices, scones, health bars and confectionery. Don't forget to use them in your Christmas cake and puddings. They can also be used in pastes, jams, and sauces. Incaberries are just sensational with chocolate. Try them in anything with chocolate, in slices, fudges, brownies, tortes, cakes, pastries and desserts.

Dried Incaberries don't stick together like other dried fruits and are free flowing product able to be easily packed and sold as snacks.

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Health Benefits of the Incaberry

Organic Incaberries are the South American superfood, nature's nutritional powerhouse. Recent studies found these Incaberries to have an antioxidant capacity higher than Gojiberries and other major dried fruits. Dried Incaberries are very high in fibre with 19g fibre per 100g or 8g in a ¼ cup (45g). This is more fibre than 1 cup of a high fibre breakfast cereal or a salad sandwich on wholegrain bread.

fibre chart
* Source: Australian Government National
        Measurement Institute test results.


But more importantly Incaberries contain soluble fibre necessary for controlling appetite and reducing cholesterol re-absorption in the intestine. They contain a wide range of nutrients including vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus and are naturally low in sodium.

INCABERRY NUTRITION INFORMATION
    Qty per 100g
Energy   1220kJ
Protein   7.3g
Fat Total 3.4g
  Saturated 0.5g
Carbohydrates Total 49g
  Sugars 41g
Fibre   19.1g
Sodium   <1mg
Potassium   1500mg
Phosphorus   220mg
Calcium   24mg
Iron   3.1mg
Vitamin C   9.2mg

Source: Australian Government National
Measurement Institute test results.

A Privileged Soil

The location was very carefully selected for the commercial cultivation of Incaberries. The site was chosen for its naturally rich volcanic soil, for the high amount of organic matter and minerals, for the mild to low temperatures and low humidity. These conditions create the perfect soil for the Incaberry to grow and thrive.

The Hacienda Tambillo Alto (or farm) is located just south from Quito, in the province of Pichincha, Ecuador.

fertile soil
vines

The Perfect Place to Plant

There are more than 90,000 vines planted on the property which is at approx. 2500 metres above sea level. All of the natural vegetation of the area is maintained under a strict organic environmental policy and respect for nature.

The farms were also selected for their rich fertile topsoil which is one to one and half metres deep. The land selected is on a 20 degree slope so that and the airflows are optimal and so that the plants grow healthy and strong.

fields


the farm

The cool year round temperatures which remain reasonably constant are ideal. There is continuous water available for irrigation and there are wells and reservoirs for water conservation and re-circulation.

Everything is managed so the organic Incaberries are of the highest quality possible.

Organic Matter Process

One of the best secrets to obtain a healthy and vigorous fruit, is the organic matter processor. This is where carefully selected amounts of manure, old vines of previous harvests, virgin black earth, rustic bran (a bacterial stimulant) common agricultural lime, molasses, granulated leavening, vegetal coal, plus water are mixed and degraded to obtain bucashe or compost.

This rich and excellent organic fertilizer takes approximately six weeks to prepare and is then used to nourish the plants that produce Incaberries of optimal quality.

organic matter

Seed Selection

A strict selection called ‘by stake’ is used to choose the best plants from the plantation for seed development. Only the best fruits are chosen from the middle part of the plant. Each single berry contains many seeds so from just a handful of selected berries many thousands of seeds are available. Each seed is examined until a sufficient number of seeds are selected for plant development.

hands

The Seed Plot

Where the ‘Baby Incaberries ’ are incubated
Once inside the climate and environmentally controlled chamber with a temperature of over 25 degrees Celsius, the process of manual maceration is initiated. The pulp of the mother Incaberries is bathed in a container with water and lemon juice (which is a natural disinfectant), until the seeds separate and descend by their own weight to the bottom of the container.

seed plot

A Fundamental and delicate process

The seeds are dried and then go through a bacterial and fungicidal treatment. Once again they are dried, this time under shade on absorbent paper and will be closely monitored for the next 8 days. The seeds are then ready for planting in germination pods with a special mix of organic peat. At this early germination stage, the pods are placed under shade and kept for a further 12 days. New life beings and new Incaberry vines are about to be born.

seeds

To the Field Area

After the meticulous 6 week incubation process an anaerobic decomposition of the compost is performed, biologically degraded so that there is no risk of contamination. This fertilizer is then mixed in with the soil and the site is prepared to receive the plants. Plantation begins and the new plants will be nourished throughout their growth cycle to produce this exquisite fruit that will be tasted around the world.

field

Absolute care

fields

It is important to note the farms are kept under a strict phytosanitary control to naturally eliminate pests, insects, bacteria and fungi. Corrective actions are applied to neutralise the PH of the soil and to improve the chemistry and physiology of the plants.

The Harvest

After five months of pruning, growing and taking care through minimum intervention farming practices, the organic berries will be ready for harvest. Harvesting of the Incaberries when they are ripe is performed by hand with care and attention to quality.

harvest


dried incaberries


Management

Once harvested the organic Incaberries are transferred to the post-harvest warehouse, sorted and then taken to the plant for finished product development.

All stages of harvesting and processing is very labour intensive, so all workers are treated respectfully and fairly under governing labour laws.

The diamond must be Polished

Once harvested the Incaberries are processed under strict conditions and controls including ISO9001 and HACCP certifications. Under these controls there are three main processes that are carried out:

  • bullet  Incaberries selected to be sold locally as fresh berries are washed and cleansed, pealed, selected, graded and packed.




chocolate incaberries

  • bullet  Only the premium quality Incaberries are selected for drying through dehydration. These are cleansed, pealed, selected, graded and then dried. Once dried, they are graded and selected again, inspected and certified, then packed for distribution and shipping to selected markets to be consumed as a healthy and exclusive dried fruit.
  • bullet  Dried Incaberries are selected for further processing and fusion with the different varieties of cacao-beans from Ecuador to produce exquisite white, milk and dark chocolates. These wonderful confections are shipped to customers and specialty markets all over the world.
hand

Finished Products

All the Incaberry products are produced using the highest quality standards and packaging. You will be consuming dried Incaberries that have been cared for from the very beginning as seedlings right through to our highest quality finished products. There are no supply issues with our dried Incaberries as there is no seasonal crop production. Our Incaberries are constantly produced with freshly harvested fruit available on a regular basis throughout the year. As demand grows, more will easily be planted. We take great pride in our Incaberries which have Organic, GAP and Halal Certifications in addition to ISO9001 and HACCP third-party independent certifications.

dried incaberries

Pricing

We have the ability to offer year round stable pricing (except for large exchange rate movements. This pricing policy provides the opportunity to prepare long term R&D and marketing plans and gives confidence to manufacturers, packers, distributors, retailers and consumers. This is totally unique when pricing for all other berries and dried fruits are at the mercy of the markets, where weather conditions and crop failures can cause supply problems and prices can double or triple depending on availability. No such problems with our Incaberries. Our Incaberry production, supply and pricing is stable, consistent and dependable.

fresh berries

Taking care of the Environment

The farms are located in an area where great amounts of virgin forest surround them which provides the ideal soil and growing conditions. The farming practices are based on conservation and protection of the region. Working with responsible environmental management, including recycling, using ecological machinery, and maintaining a


planting policy, allows the preservation of the fantastic environment that Incaberries have been blessed with.

The impressive Cotopaxi volcano creates a magical landscape and it motivates all involved to take care of the wonderful place in which they work.

100% Organic The Perfect Product

Our fruit is organic certified by BCS and Bio Suisse and fulfills international norms of organic agriculture.

GB Commtrade is the first company to import 100% certified organic dried Incaberries into Australia.




100% organic certification logos

 

All production processes are governed under international quality systems from the farming practices right through to the packaging of finished goods. The crop is also certified by Global GAP to guarantee the quality of the organic Incaberries. The processing and management is conducted in accordance with the HACCP, Organic, and ISO Certifications and principals.

organic logos


Nutritional Information

DIETARY FIBRE OF COMMON DRIED FRUITS

fibre chart

* Source: Australian Government National
Measurement Institute test results.

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pdfIntroduction and Nutritional information fact sheet
pdfAustralian Government National Measurement test results for Orac, Protein and Pesticide tests




Nutrients in Incaberries
Nutrient Average quantities per ¼ cup (45g) serve Average quantities per 100g serve
Energy (kJ) 549 1220
Protein (g) 3.3 7.3
Carbohydrate total (g) 22 49
Sugars total  (g) 18.5 41
Fibre total (g) 8  (27% RDI) 19.1  (64% RDI)
Fibre soluble (g) 1.8 4
Total fat (g) 1.5 3.4
Saturated fat (g) <0.2 <1
Vitamin C (mg) 4.5  (10% RDI) 9   (20% RDI)
Sodium (mg) <0.5 <1
Potassium (mg) 675  (18% RDI) 1500  (40% RDI)
Phosphorus (mg) 99  (10% RDI) 220   (22% RDI)
ORAC (umolTE)# 1743 3874
Gluten 0 0

Source: Australian Government National
Measurement Institute test results.

Consumer information

Prepare for a berry battle. Put aside those unpleasant tasting gojiberries or bran flakes, finally there's a super berry with a super taste. We are accustomed to sacrificing flavour and enjoyment for improved health and wellbeing. This is no longer the case with plump, sweet, naturally nutrient rich Incaberries



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pdfThe full Australian Government National Measure Institute nutritional information
pdfIntroduction and Nutritional information fact sheet
pdfAustralian Government National Measurement test results for Orac, Protein and Pesticide tests




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A few tips on how to include Incaberries in your healthy diet

  • Add to yoghurts, cereals and muesli for breakfast
  • Soak in juice or water overnight and blend in to your smoothie
  • Enjoy a handful to keep you satisfied in between meals
  • Add to your favourite nut & fruit mixes to enhance the flavour
  • Add Incaberries to your salads for something new and exciting
  • Use in place of sultanas, raisins, gojiberries or blueberries in any recipe
  • Use on cheese platters. Incaberries compliment cheeses of all kinds
  • Make an Incaberry paste (see website) and spread on cheese & crackers
  • Use in your casseroles, stews, curries, soups and include in stuffings
  • Use in place of sour cherries for something new and special
  • Snack on nutritious Incaberries instead of chips, biscuits or muffins
  • Chocolate coated in milk chocolate or the healthy 70% cocoa dark
  • Try them in breads, cakes, scones, muffins, slices and biscuits
  • This year try them in your Christmas cake and puddings
  • Sensational with chocolate. Try them in anything with chocolate, in slices, fudges, brownies, tortes, cakes, pastries and desserts
  • Make them into amazing jams, pastes and chutneys
  • Great cooked in your main meals in place of other dried fruits
  • Have a look at the recipe page for some ideas !

Distributers

For distribution and bulk sales please contact the following suppliers in your state

naturalThe Nut Stand Company and The Natural Grocer
56-64 McCauley street Alexandria NSW 2015
T: 02 9319 4143



the nut shop The Nut Shop Factory Shop
20-26 Allen Street Waterloo NSW 2017
T: 02 9319 6574

The Nut Shop Cavendish House
Shop 230A Lvl 2 Westfield Shoppingtown Chatswood NSW 2067 (Next to Nextra Newsagency)

The Nut Shop Shop 25 Strand Arcade Sydney NSW 2000


honest to goodnessHonest to Goodness Organic Food & Natural Food
Unit D1, 46-62 Maddox Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
T: 02 9420 3761 F: 02 9420 3762


 

jc quality foodsJC Quality Foods
63 Rushdale Street Knoxfield VIC 3180
T: 03 9764 0517 F: 03 9764 0527


trumps logoTrumps Pty Ltd
23 Parmarig Place, Rocklea, Brisbane, QLD
T: 07 3274 7111


Kakulas BrothersKakulas Brothers
183 William Street
Northbridge 6000 WA
T: 08 9328 5285
www.kakulasbros.com.au

Profile FoodsProlife Foods
92 Maui St Hamilton 3200 New Zealand
PO Box 1075 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand
T: +64 7 834 3333 F:+64 7 834 3332
www.prolifefoods.co.nz


nutworks NUTWORKS
37 Pioneer Road Yandina QLD 4561
T: 07 5472 7777
www.nutworks.com.au

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