Purple corn, once a staple of the Incan empire, is botanically the same species as regular table corn, but has a deep purple color. It has long been used by people of the Peruvian Andes to color beverages and food. Most commonly, ‘maiz morado’ is used to make both alcoholic and nonalcoholic versions of a popular beverage called Chicha Morada. The dark purple color is due to natural pigments known as anthocyanins, which are rich in antioxidants. Purple corn has a higher antioxidant capacity than blueberries, which is leading many nutritionists to place purple corn in the category of super foods.
The antioxidants found in purple corn have anti-inflammatory abilities and encourage connective tissue regeneration. Studies also indicate that they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, inhibit abnormal cell growth, promote collagen formation, and improve circulation. Purple corn flour can be used wherever you would use regular corn flour, corn meal, or as a substitute for other flour to give your favorite corn-based dishes an extra antioxidant burst. It can be used in raw chocolates, breads, tortillas, pancakes, muffins, and cakes. It will add an amazing color to your traditional recipes while boosting the nutritional value. Popular Peruvian recipes include mazamorra morada and chicha sherbert.
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Topara Organica (AgroExport Topara SAC), owned by the Bederski family, has made it their mission to cultivate and produce products that represent the rich culinary traditions of Peru while restoring their land and strengthening their local community. The company organically cultivates and processes many indigenous crops, such as maiz morado, lucuma, ajis (chile peppers), huacatay (black mint), yuca and sweet potato.
Topara is a leader in their community and throughout Peru in organic cultivation. To this day they have the only certified organic nursery in the country. They work closely with neighboring farms to train them in organic agriculture. When the company purchases products from neighboring farmers, they oversee all aspects of the cultivation from seedling to harvest. When they purchase from farmers or farmer associations in other regions (such as the highland grains and roots), Topara ensures that all organic certifications are in order and often send workers for cultural and work exchanges.
The Bederski family has made a huge positive impact on there local community, both on a personal level and through their farm. When a devastating earthquake leveled the town of Chincha, the family donated money and supplies, and raised more money internationally, to help rebuild the homes of their workers. They have acted on the community’s behalf over the years in negotiations with the local mine to reduce environmental impact and to improve roads and infrastructure. The company adds a strong voice to local efforts for community development.