Prunus spinosa, the endrino, is a species of shrub belonging to the rosaceae family.
Endrin, also known as a spider, wild plum or pacharán, is the fruit of the endrino, a tree belonging to the genus Prunus, the most important of the Rosaceae family, which also includes blackberry or blackberry.
These fruits are of low caloric value because of their low supply of carbohydrates. Vitamin C is especially rich in black and red currants, which have higher amounts than some citrus fruits. In general, wild berries are good sources of fiber; Which improves intestinal transit, and potassium, iron and calcium (the latter two of worse use than those from animal foods), tannins with astringent action and various organic acids.
However, what really characterizes these fruits is their abundance of natural pigments (anthocyanins and carotenoids) of antioxidant action. In human food, this type of fruit constitutes one of the most important sources of anthocyanins, which give them their characteristic color and which are together with organic acids such as oxalic acid or malic acid, also responsible for their taste. Vitamin C has antioxidant action, as do anthocyanins and carotenoids.
This vitamin intervenes in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth, red blood cells and favors the absorption of iron from food and resistance to infections. Potassium is necessary for the transmission and generation of the nerve impulse, for normal muscle activity and is involved in the balance of water inside and outside the cell.
Anthocyanins and carotenoids are abundant in the composition of all these forest fruits. From the biochemical point of view they are characterized by having a high antioxidant activity; Neutralize the action of free radicals that are harmful to the body.