What is Maqui?The maqui berry harvest typically happens in mid-February—give or take a few weeks on either side, depending on weather. The general growing area for the maqui berry is a relatively straight line north to south, from Los Ángeles down to Coyhaique. Surprisingly, the elevation where Rishi sources the maqui is rather low—500 ft above sea level. Maqui is also known as the Chilean or Patagonian wine berry. Historically, maqui berries have been consumed by the indigenous people in Patagonia and have a reputation as an invigorating berry, promoting longevity. Locally, maqui is fermented into a wine, sun-dried to make tea, or made into jams and syrups. Recent research about maqui targets its effects to lower LDL cholesterol, increase metabolism, reduce fat, and support detoxification of the liver. The antioxidants in maqui are associated with anti-aging as well. Maqui Berries have a higher antioxidant value than pomegranate, acai, and blueberry, measured as ORAC value.
Our Travel Journal
Rishi Tea and Botanical's practice of direct trade is defined by personal relationships with tea and herb growers around the world. Follow along as our team of buyers travels extensively each year to follow the peak harvests and selects the very best micro-lots just days after production.
2020 is unquestionably the year of altered travel plans, rescheduling and cancellations. At Rishi Tea & Botanicals, we are fortunate to have amazing relationships with our tea farmers, which ensures we are able to access the same high quality and exceptional teas even during this chaotic time.
Gyokuro, “jade dew”, is a rare shade-grown green tea from Japan. Shaded in a similar style to matcha, Gyokuro has a deep emerald color, rich taste, and high caffeine
We are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with “Dr. Turmeric” artisan foods from Taiwan. The “Dr. Turmeric” line ranges from turmeric noodles, sauces, condiments and cold-pressed oolong tea seed oil. It also features several different varietals of turmeric, ginger and galangal root powders.