The “maqui” is a small, black-skinned, oval berry, not larger than a grain of coffee, with a sweet and not unpleasant taste. There is also a tfhite, but much scarcer, variety. Decoctions of fresh maqui leaves are used as gargles, in cases of sore throat, cleansing ulcers, &c.; and cataplasms on the loins are considered beneficial in allaying fever.
The above is some of the original studies of the Maqui Berry published in 1855:
Maqui Berries. E. M. Holmes. (Pharm. Journ. , 25, 639.) Under this name the small fruits of Aristotelia maqui, N.O. Tiliaceae, have (November, 1907) been offered at the London drug sales. For the last twenty years those berries have been imported into France from Chili, and are used for colouring wines. In Chili the fruits are considered edible, and are used to mix with grapes in making wine, and are also used in confectionery and in ices. A wine from the fruits is prepared by the native Indians, which they call Tecu, and is used in fevers. The leaves of the plant are employed to make an astringent gargle for sore throat, and a poultice made from them is applied to swellings.
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Aristotelia, also known as “Maqui.”—This is an arborescent bush about the size of our hazel. I mention it to show how easily Chilian shrubs might be acclimatised here. I raised a plant of it from seed at Innellau, and it has grown there in the open air ever since. “Maqui” berries are reckoned a powerful remedy in dysentery.
Maqui Berries – Under this name the small fruits of Aristotelia Maqui, L’Herit. (NO Tiliaceae), have recently been offered at the London drug sales. For the last 20 years thest berries have been imported into France and Chili, and are used for colouring wines. The fruits are about the size of Black Pepper and like those of Khamnus cathartica, show four segments, each containing a triangular seed. Except that they exhibit no trace of an adherent calyx, they might easily be mistaken for Buckthorn berries. If wetted and rubbed on paper they give an immediate purple stain resembling Burgundy wine in colour. In France they have taken the place of Elderberries, which were formerly used in colouring wines. In 1884 France imported 500 kilos.; in 1886, 115,600 kilos.; and in 1887, 315,705 kilos. E. M. Holmes, in the Pharmaceutical Journal, November 16.
The maqui is a small evergreen liliaceous shrub (Arietolelia M/tojiii, l/Hcrit.), common in Chile along the course of torrents, and in shady mountainous woods. It is not cultivated, but grows wild, and the berries, which in Chile are eaten either fresh or preserved, contain a red pigment, and are exported largely to Europe for the purpose of colouring wines.
The following information respecting the use of the maqui berry as a coloring for wine is extracted from the February number of the Kew Gardens Bulletin:—
The maqui is a small evergreen tree or shrub common in Chili along the course of torrents and in shady, mountainous woods. It belongs to the linden order ( Tiliaceat), which abounds in species, the inner bark or bast of which affords fibre of more or less value. The most important are jute and the linden, from which the well-known Russia matting is made. The maqui also affords fiber which is used in Chili for cordage. It is easily cultivated in gardens in the south of England, and at Kew grows vigorously with the protection of a wall. Whether its cultivation for the production of fiber would pay is doubtful, looking at the profusion of excellent fiber plants which are not woody which are now known.
In Chili the fruits of the maqui are eaten either fresh or preserved in different ways. Mixed with grapes a wine is also made from them. The shrub varies with either dark purple or greenish white berries; the latter are preferred in Chili.
A curious industry has sprung up of late years in the collection and export to Europe of the berries for the purpose of coloring wine. The maqui flower freely at Kevr, but rarely fruits. Its cultivation for the sake of the berries would, therefore, be precarious in England, but would probably present no difficulty in Southern Europe.
The first notice of the introduction of maqui berries into Europe is apparently that given by J. Poisson in the Revue Horticole for 1886, p. 467. He suspected that they were intended for coloring wine, a purpose for which he stated that elder berries were already employed in France. He explains that the object of adding the berries to grapes in making wine in Chili was for the sake of the color. No doubt it occurred to some ingenious person to extend their use in a dried state for the same purpose to the Old World.
In a letter to the Royal Gardens at Kew the Consul-General for Chili gives the following further particulars in reference to the cultivation of this berry:—
” The common name of this fruit in Chili is maqui, the same ais the plant, and it is cropped from the wild shrub in the forests. It is not cultivated at all. I think that the attention of farmers will be very soon drawn to the cultivation of this important plant, in consideration of the great development in the exportation of its fruit to Europe in the last three or four years . for coloring wines.
” The total of this exportation was 26,592 kilos., worth 2,234 dols., in 1884 ; 136,026 kilos., worth 10,882 dols., in 1886; and 431,392 kilos., worth 34,515 dols., in 1887; of which the exportation to France was 500 kilos, in 1884 ; 115,000 in 1886, and 315,774 in 1887. I have nu statistics for 1888 and 1889, but it is to be supposed that the increase may have been in the same proportion.
” Wine is not produced from this plant, but ribbons from the stems for fastening in farming purposes are usual, and easily made without any preparation simply by hand.”