The aguaymanto is a superfood that provides energy for children, students, and athletes, thanks to its vitamin A and C and vitamin B complex. It contains a high percentage of protein and phosphorus, which are important for better diet and organ function. The fruit of this wild plant is small, round and yellowish. It grows to an average diameter of 1.25 to 2 cm.
This fruit is known by different names in Latin America. In Quechua, it is called Topotopo, Uchuba in Aymara, motojobobo embolsado or capulí in Bolivia, uvilla or guchuba in Colombia, while in Venezuela it is called uvilla and in Mexico cereza del Perú. In English it can be referred to as golden berry, cape gooseberry, Peruvian groundcherry or Peruvian cherry. In India it is physalis and in Hawaii poha.
It tastes bitter and sweet and sour and has a delicious aroma. This delectable fruit can be eaten fresh and/or in salads. It can also be used to prepare desserts, beverages, jams, yogurt, cakes, ice cream, and liqueurs.