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Waxberry

Waxberry, Yangmei or China Bayberry is the waxy fruit of the wax myrtle tree. It is a healthy fruit, high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin and carotene. It been shown to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, help lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase strength and elasticity of blood vessels while slowing down the collapse of collagen, keeping skin firm, smooth and wrinkle free.

 

A unique fruit from only this southern region to the Yangtze River, adapting Yangmei to medication was firstly seen in Shi Liao Ben Cao, an herbal medicine book written by Meng Xian in Tang Dynasty. It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree growing up to 10–20 m (33–66 ft) high, with smooth gray bark and a uniform spherical to hemispherical crown.

 

The flesh colour is similar to surface colour, or somewhat lighter. The flesh is sweet and very tart. Loaded with vitamin C and high in antioxidants it’s not too surprising to hear that many US companies are trying to market “yumberry” juice for the masses.

Waxberries are great enjoyed fresh out of hand but can also be used in a number of cooked and raw preparations, both savoury and sweet.

They can be baked into pies and tarts or cooked down to make sauces and preserves as well as added to salads, stews and soups. This little berry has been touted as the next super fruit.

 

It has also been touted for their ability to help alleviate pain, promote healthy digestion, as an anti-inflammatory and in prevention of certain types of cancer.

They are also prized in China for their ability to help prevent wrinkles and keep skin looking young. Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and they contain vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally.

 

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