PHYSALIS OR GOLDEN BERRY
One of our most popular fruits! It is great for eating fresh and decorating all types of drinks and dishes. Its inner structure is similar to a miniature tomato. OCATI sells them fresh, with and without husk, as well as heat dried.
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PHYSALIS OR GOLDEN BERRY IS…
A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN A
Half a cup of golden berries provides 14% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Besides assisting with night vision, vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, promotes bone health, and is essential for growth.
A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of golden berries provides 18% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps support the immune system; it also assists wound healing, promotes the production of collagen, and increases iron absorption. Physalis is also rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), which help the body fight toxins and prevent the effects of free radicals.
A GOOD SOURCE OF PHOSPHORUS
Half a cup of golden berries provides 10% of the recommended daily intake of phosphorus. This mineral is an essential component of bone and teeth, and it is crucial for organ, cell, and tissue regeneration. Phosphorus also helps the body produce ATP, a molecule that the body needs to store energy and use carbohydrates and fats efficiently.
A GOOD SOURCE OF IRON
A serving of golden berries (100 grams) provides 6% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is essential for hemoglobin production and promotes healthy muscles.
Its Quechua name is ‘Topotopo’, which together with ‘chuchuva’ make the most common names for this fruit in Venezuela. It is also known as chirto, cape gooseberry, uchuva, capulí, makowi and physalis. The Incas grew them in the royal gardens of the Sacred Valley. The golden berry is native to Peru, Brazil and Chile. It was taken to South Africa by the Spanish to combat scurvy. In Colombia, it is grown in the states of Cundinamarca, Antioquia and Boyacá. Did you know that the inside of the physalis looks very similar to a miniature tomato? It is covered by a papery calyx that protects it from insects, birds, pathogens and extreme weather. Some people eat it as anti-inflammatory and for prostate ailments. It is widely used in sauces, jams and cakes and for plate decoration. OCATI offers both fresh and dehydrated golden berries.
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