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Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis)
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The maqui is from Chile and has been cultivated for centuries by the Mapuche Indians. The berries are healthy and similar in taste to the blackberry.

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2 days

€ 4,00
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Common name:
Maqui / Chilean wineberry

Origin:
Chile

Description:
The maqui has been cultivated for centuries by the Mapuche Indians in Chile for their healthy black-purple berries. The berries are about half a centimetre in size en have a lovely taste which is comparable to that of a blackberry. They can be eaten fresh or dried, but are also processed into jam, juice, wine and the Chilean chichi. The Mapuche also used the berries as a traditional medicine against fever and diarrhoea. In nature, the species is a small tree that can reach a height of 5 meters and can be kept as a container plant at a minimum temperature of -5 degrees Celsius. The plants are dioecious, so that there are both male and female plants. Female plants also produce berries without pollination: even seedless in that case.

Germination instructions:
First scarify the little seeds with sand paper. Then let them soak in water for 24 hours and sow in sowing mix. Because of the dormancy of the seeds you need to put the sowed seeds in the fridge for 8 weeks to improve the germination. After this cold period you can let them germinate at about 25degC by keeping the soil constantly moist.


Sowing time:
All year round

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