University develops organic berry juice

The Universidad de Costa Rica has gone into the fruit drink business.

The university said Tuesday that its researchers have developed an organic blackberry drink that holds its flavor and beneficial properties because the fluid is microfiltered and not heated.

The project was developed by the Centro Nacional de Ciencia y TecnologÌa de Alimentos of the university in conjunction with the French Centre de CoopÈration Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le DÈveloppement.

Blackberries are known as mora in Spanish, and the drink is a popular one. The university product will be marketed under the brand name of  Siwa, a release said. Researchers under the direction of  Ana Mercedes PÈrez Carvajal are working with other fruits and vegetables to create more products.

Blackberries and the final product.

Blackberries and the final product.

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