Physalis Peruviana L.

The golden berry  (Physalis peruviana L.) is a shrub, native of the Peruvian Andes, known as a native fruit since the Inca times. It was one of the preferred plants in the garden of the nobles and was particularly cultivated in the sacred valley of the Incas.

This fruit is also cultivated in the provinces of Huánuco, Junín, Cajamarca, Ancash and Cusco. The tropical climate of these regions makes them the best places to grow our golden berry.

Its bitter and sour flavor generates a pleasant taste and is considered a superfood due to its health benefits and high vitamin C content. It is a great source of provitamin A, phosphorus and potassium, as well as some of the vitamin B complex that helps the immune system.

Functionality

Golden berry provides the human body a high content of vitamin C, thus helping to treat asthmatic processes, sinusitis and other allergies. In addition, it has antioxidant properties that helps to slow cellular aging and improve the performance of cardiovascular functions. It also helps to heal wounds, improves the immune system, increases the production of red blood cells. Finally, it also corrects the performance of cardiovascular functions and works as a natural tranquilizer.

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Benefits

  • Boosts the immune system and helps to detoxify the body.
  • Helps to lose weight and control diabetes.
  • Helps to fight hypertension due to its antioxidant properties.
  • Promotes the functioning of the digestive system.
  • Protects against chronic diseases.
  • Maintains optimal liver, kidney and heart health.
  • Maintains bad cholesterol in lower levels.

Suggested use

It is used to consume as a snack, in energy bars and can be added in salads as toppings (like raisins), juices, yogurts, etc. It is also used in the chocolate and pastry industry.

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