COLOMBIA IS HEAVEN FOR BIODIVERSITY
If Earth’s biodiversity were a country, it could be called Colombia – National Geographic. Thanks to its natural, biological and genetic treasures, Colombia is home to one of every ten species of flora and fauna in the world, with over 300 types of ecosystems, from snow capped mountains to jungles to deserts.
As scientists we have been fascinated to understand two fruits called
the Love Apple (Solanum mammosum)
and the Wild Lulo (Solanum agrarium)
These fruits defy the laws of nature once harvested. They remain as plump and ripe as when they were first picked, months later. We were intrigued to discover the science behind these fruits and wondered if it was possible to isolate their magic compounds for possible human use. We managed to extract and purify the active saponins that keep the love apple supple and smooth for so long.
The solanum plants are cultivated and the fruits harvested under conditions of good organic horticulture practices and protected from chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Our raw materials are ethically sourced under a multiyear Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) rules contract with the Colombian government (Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development – MADS), which allows us to research its biodiversity and renewable resources for commercialization, putting our green operational process in harmony with the consumers, the market and international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol, to protect the ecosystems and preserve the species.