Dried Barberry

Dried organic barberries have a wonderful delicious all-natural fruity burst of tart flavor that complements savory and sweet recipes alike. Dried barberries or Zereshk are small dried round fruits used in Persian and Iranian cooking, similar to a dried cranberry. The barberry fruit grows on the Berberis tree which grows in similar areas to saffron. They are most commonly used in Iran to add tanginess to saffron rice and meat dishes. Dried barberries also make an enticing addition to chicken salad, couscous, roasted vegetables, and soups. They have been popular in many cultures and today their use is still popular in Persian, Middle-East, Central Asian and Georgian cuisines, especially in rice and meat dishes. Traditionally consumed for their medicinal properties, barberries are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties, aiding with digestion. Rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and protein.

Berberis vulgaris, also known as common Barberry European barberry or simply barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible but sharply acidic berries, which people in many countries eat as a tart and refreshing fruit. Barberry is any of almost 500 species of thorny evergreen or deciduous shrubs of the genus Berberis and the family Berberidaceae. The barberry fruit is a small berry that is dark red in color. Barberries are long and narrow fruits like a bar, hence the name barberry. The barberry bush is common in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia. Some species of Oregon grape, a relative of barberry, are sometimes called barberry. It’s also referred to as European barberry, trailing mahonia or Berberis. The root, bark, and berries of the barberry bush are used for medicinal purposes. In Europe, the berries have been traditionally used as an ingredient in making jam. The berries are high in pectin which makes the jam congeal as it cools after having been boiled. In Russia they are sometimes used in jams (especially the mixed berry ones) and extract from them is a common flavoring for soft drinks and candies/sweets. In southwestern Asia, especially Iran, the berries are used for cooking, as well as for jam-making. In Iran, barberries are commonly used as a currant in rice pilaf. The plant is both poisonous and used in folk medicine.

Native Americans originally taught settlers barberry’s value as a medicinal herb. The ancient Egyptians used it in combination with fennel seed to ward off plagues while it was used to treat dysentery in India. European herbalists have used it to treat gallbladder and liver problems, while healers in Russia used it for inflammation, high blood pressure, and abnormal uterine bleeding.

Iran is the largest producer of zereshk and saffron in the world. Zereshk and saffron are produced on the same land and the harvest is at the same time. The South Khorasan province in Iran is the main area of zereshk and saffron production in the world, especially around Birjand and Qaen. About 85% of production is in Qaen and about 15% in Birjand. There is evidence of cultivation of seedless barberry in South Khorasan two hundred years ago.

Dried Organic Barberries are dried without any additives such as sugar or oils making them a delicious and healthy treat. Dried organic barberries are one of nature’s true superfoods that have been used medicinally for centuries, mainly in Europe and Asia. Barberries can be an effective cleanser for the liver and are used to promote vigor and immunity.  They are used in cooking for their pleasantly acidic taste and fruity aroma.

Berberis, commonly known as barberry, cultivated for its fruits in many countries. The shrub is native to central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia, it is also naturalized in northern Europe, including the British Isles and Scandinavia, and North America. In the United States and Canada, it has become established in the wild over an area from Nova Scotia to Nebraska, with additional populations in Colorado, Idaho, Washington State, Montana, and British Columbia. Although not naturalized, in rural New Zealand it has been widely cultivated as a hedge on farms. It is a large genus of deciduous and evergreen shrubs from 1–5 m (3.3–16.4 ft) tall found throughout the temperate and subtropical regions of the world (apart from Australia). Species diversity is greatest in South America, Africa, and Asia; Europe and North America have native species as well. The best-known Berberis species is the European barberry, Berberis vulgaris, which is common in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia. Many of the species have spines on the shoots and along the margins of the leaves.

The flowers are produced singly or in racemes of up to 20 on a single flower-head. They are yellow or orange, 3–6 mm (0.12–0.24 in) long, with six sepals and six petals in alternating whorls of three, the sepals usually colored like the petals. The fruit is a small berry 5–15 mm (0.20–0.59 in) long, ripening red or dark blue, often with a pink or violet waxy surface bloom; in some species, they may be long and narrow, but are spherical in other species.

The health benefits of these delicious barberries date back over two millennia. They’ve been used in ancient India, China and other Asian countries to treat a variety of conditions. And they still find a wide usage in Iran to treat many diseases of the liver including gallbladder issues and heartburn.

It’s a berberine-containing plant that’s been used for over 2,500 years for its medicinal properties. Barberry and goldenseal are often used for similar medicinal purposes because of their berberine content. Known to treat an array of ailments from digestive issues to liver problems, organic wild barberries are rich in essential nutrients. They provide an excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and supports cardiovascular health. The fruit, stem and root bark contain alkaloids, the most prominent being berberine.  Berberine has also been shown to have a positive impact on the immune system, making it helpful for a wide range of infections and diseases.  In addition to berberine and vitamin C, barberry also contains the B vitamin thiamine, the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, as well as chromium, cobalt, and zinc.

Barberry extract has beneficial effects on both the cardiovascular and neural systems, including the treatment of hypertension, abnormal heartbeat, and neural disorders like epilepsy and convulsions. A single serving of dried barberries is high in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and reduce the risk for premature aging even help prevent center types of cancer! Organic barberries are a truly unique fruit with an incredible tart flavor. Dried Barberries are little jewels that have a delicious tart like flavor.  Prized for its medicinal purposes, it is known to help with heartburn, upset stomachs, and even help cleanse the liver.

Types of Dried Barberry

Generally, there are two types of barberries in Iran: Puffy (Puffed or Pofaki) and sun-dried (Anari) barberries.


Dried Barberry Technical Quality

ColorRed, Dark Red
Drying ProcessAir Dry, Sun Dry
Cultivation TypeCommon
MoistureBelow 20%
Packaging Size7~8 Kg Carton Boxes

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