super roots Super Mesquite


Basic information

The superfood mesquite belongs to the cultural and culinary heritage of Piura, in northern Peru. Its roots can reach down to aquifers, meaning it can dot the most arid landscapes of the north with its towering foliage of up to 65 feet tall. Sweet and highly nutritional, its botanical name is Prosopis pallida.

Seasonal availability

Harvest: after the fifth or sixth year, the tree produces 40 to 60 kilograms of fruit.

Human health benefits

Super mesquite is a natural energizer that can be eaten by children, athletes and the elderly. This food is gluten-free, and its soluble fiber content is good for intestinal flora because it helps get rid of harmful bacteria. The product cleanses the body of heavy metals and radioactive substances.

High in vitamin A, mesquite also helps lower blood sugar levels and builds strong bones and teeth. It can also help fight exhaustion, contribute to healthier skin and hair, stimulate breast milk and help keep a steady heart rate.


Mesquite is a super root high in fiber, glucose, fructose and sucrose. It also has carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals and potassium. These properties balance the blood’s pH, and since it is high in energy, the food also boosts the immune system.

Mesquite can be an especially valuable component of the diet of pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as athletes or people doing mentally taxing activities. Mesquite also provides carotenoids, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, selenium, fatty acids, vegetable protein, iron, vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B6, and folic acid).

It can be used as a substitute for cacao, even for people who experience intestinal problems. Mesquite tea is a diuretic and anti-diarrheal, and when served boiling hot can help treat bronchial ailments. When used raw, the plant can work as a laxative.

It is recommended to drink 4 cups of mesquite per day as a remedy for colds and coughs. The green extract of this tree can cure warts, while its black bean is perfect for eye infections and its white liquid can be used to treat bladder stones. Its other virtues include the astringent properties of its pulp and the mucilage and galactomannan in its seeds. To top it all off, it is rich in benzoic acid and pectins.

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Geographical distribution