super fruits Super Goldenberry


Goldenberry

Basic information

The goldenberry grows in a bush and it has been cultivated since the pre-Columbian period. Nowadays, it is considered one of the five best foods for the health produced in Peru. It is a powerful antioxidant, with a high content of vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron and phosphorus, perfect for strengthening the immune system. It was cultivated in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and was one of the most venerated fruits in the noble’s garden.

Seasonal availability

Harvest: 7 to 9 months after sowing, from March to June

Human health benefits

The aguaymanto provides a large amount of vitamin C, so it is helpful in the treatment of asthma, sinusitis, and other allergies. It is also an antioxidant that is perfect for slowing aging, and it also helps heal wounds, strengthens the immune system, and increases production of red blood cells. It also corrects cardiovascular function and acts as a natural tranquilizer.

Another health benefit of aguaymanto is that it relieves stress, fights high blood pressure, anxiety, and stabilizes blood-sugar levels, and it can be consumed especially by people with diabetes. It also helps prevent stomach, colon, and intestinal cancer.

Goldenberry

Property

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.

 

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