Ugniberries



Ugni molinae is a shrub in the genus Ugni, in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to Chile, and adjacent regions of southern Argentina.

Ugni is a shrub 30-170 cm tall, with an evergreen foliage. The leaves are opposite, oval, 1-2 cm long and 1-1.5 cm broad, entire, glossy dark green. The leaves produce a spicy scent if crushed. The plant produces drooping flowers, 1 cm in diameter, with four to five white to pale pink petals with numerous short stamens. The berry is a small red, white or purple berry 1 cm in diameter. The usage of the berries in cuisine is limited to southern Chile where it grows. It is used to make the traditional liqueur Murtado, jam, dessert and cakes.

Ugni molinae - foliage and berriesUgni molinae - foliage and berries
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Ugni molinae berriesUgni molinae berries
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