New super plums have been harvested by Queensland scientists, that are expected to explode onto the health foods market this year.
Queen Garnet plums, or QGP, are the new project of the Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF).
DAFF’s Dr Kent Fanning said these QGPs are packed with anthocyanins, which act as powerful antioxidants.
“Antioxidants are substances in food that are believed to help protect body cells,” Dr Fanning said.
“The QGP is packed full of anthocyanins, which many other ‘super berries’ such as blueberries and cranberries are so well known for.
Research has proven that anthocyanins improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the inflammation the causes cancers, heart disease and neurological disorders.
Anthocyanins also benefit the body’s digestive system, bone health, and reduce diabetes.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, visited the QGP farms and first harvest at Warroo, west of Stanthorpe.
“Our scientists have found that the QGP has very high levels of anthocyanins which can have considerable health benefits,” said Mr McVeigh.
The 75,000 trees at the QGP orchard are expected to produce 200 tonnes of super plums each harvest.
The Newman Government will be providing a dedicated supply of the QGP plums to the health food market for superfood juices.
“The development of the QGP is a great example of how the Newman Government is making research and development in agriculture a priority to deliver new market opportunities and sustainability for the sector,” said Mr McVeigh.
The Government is hoping that products such as QGP will make a difference to the health treats facing Queenslanders.
More than 65 per cent of Queenslanders are now overweight or obese, according to Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg.
“There’s no magic cure for obesity and the diseases it’s associated with, but if this new plum is proven to provide superior health benefits it could be a useful addition to a healthy diet,” said Mr Springborg.