Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry. Fruit of American origin, native to the Andes and has nutritional and healing properties. It is round, yellow, sweet and small with a semi-acid flavor and is considered an exotic fruit.


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  • 1 Names
  • 2 Properties
  • 3 Habitat
  • 4 Nutritional qualities, ingredients and curiosities
    • 1 Benefits thanks to its Vitamin A content
    • 2 Antioxidants
    • 3 Medicinal uses
  • 5 Sources


Scientific Name: Physalis peruviana .


Product : Dehydrated gooseberry berry (physalis). Special property: content in fisalins and citric acid with antibacterial action for the organism . Texture and flavor: meaty texture and sweet flavor with a [sour] touch. Uses: take alone, with cereals , salads , yogurts, ice creams , make pastries, cakes , cookies , tarts.


Although actually the Cape Gooseberries are native to America, but are cultivated in many tropical and subtropical climates such as; Peru , South Africa , Australia , Hawaii , Spain and Italy, which can be purchased both fresh and dried, however, the latter is the most popular to include in the diet as a nutritional supplement that will provide an important variety of health benefits , as indicated by different studies that have defined the Gooseberries as a super food .

Nutritional qualities, ingredients and curiosities

They contain 3 grams of fiber per unit, a very high level of this nutritional supplement that favors healthy digestion and also has the ability to reduce cholesterol levels , as well as being associated with body weight control, since when digested slowly it generates a feeling of satiety more prolonged in time , removing hunger and thus promoting control of intake.

As a parameter to take into account, men should consume 28 to 34 grams of fiber a day and women between 22 and 28 grams a day, to obtain its healthy benefits and ward off diseases , therefore Cape Gooseberries are an excellent resource for incorporating fiber to our diet and transform it into very healthy.

Benefits thanks to its Vitamin A content

Another notable nutrient in its nutritional composition is Vitamin A , which covers almost 45 percent of the daily intake recommendations per one ounce serving. This vitamin meets a lot of organic functions but stresses in their relationship with the immune system, health of the eyes and skin , as it is a powerful natural antioxidant.


These golden berries from Peru contain high concentrated doses of antioxidants such as [[vitamin [[A and C, both together help to neutralize free radicals in the body and these in excess are capable of affecting cellular integrity by attacking DNA , situation which leads to degeneration and induces the development of diseases as serious as cancer .

Free radicals can be incorporated into the body through residues of pollution , such as industrial or vehicular smoke , but the addition of antioxidants to the diet is a way to fight against these molecules that are harmful to health and the Gooseberries offer them in great measure.

It is used in the preparation of ice cream , yogurt , icings and as it is high in pectin, it is ideal for jams and sauces . We can consume it alone, in desserts , in juices and together with other fruits . Is delicious combined with salads of vegetables and fruits as well and use it to decorate.

It has an important therapeutic use in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry . It purifies the blood , tones the optic nerve , and is effective in treating cataracts and conditions of the mouth and throat .

Medical uses

Popularly known as poga poga, tomatillo, aguaymanto, Peruvian alquenqueje or uvilla, it grows in the tropical areas of South America , especially in countries such as Colombia , Peru and Chile , especially in the Andes Mountains at 2,500 m above sea ​​level .

It is a shrubby plant , which reaches a meter in height and its branches , in case of being well cared for, reach 2 m in length and its bell-shaped flowers are yellow. The fruit is a sphere of 2 cm in diameter , yellow , with a sweet and acidic flavor at the same time and with up to 300 seeds inside.

Various uses medicinal: In countries like Peru and Colombia infusion of the leaves and the juices of the fruit are used in treatments against cancer , the asthma , the malaria , the hepatitis , the rheumatism and some diseases of the foot lcomo the dermatitis .

To fight tumors : some studies have shown positive results in the inhibition of growth in tumors, this thanks to the anticancer properties of the ethanolic extract of the leaves and stems .

Mouth and throat conditions: The infusion of the leaves externally is used to treat throat and pharyngeal problems . Scrubber: the infusion of its leaves is recommended as a supplement in the treatment of diabetes and prostate problems .

For the pain of ears : among the most desperate pain that we can get to feel is that of the ear, since it is a place of difficult access and it will frequently be distressing. To avoid enduring this type of pain and restlessness, it is advisable to take two ripe gooseberries, extract the juice and then strain them. Once this is done, warm the resulting liquid and apply two drops to the affected ear every eight hours until the pain disappears completely.

If cataracts are not prevented in time, they can cause total blindness, so it is recommended in these cases to use a ripe cape gooseberry, extract the juice and strain it, then apply two drops of this substance to the affected eye. Repeating this operation three times a day will strengthen your eye and improve your vision.

Benefits at the dermatological, endocrine, urinary, digestive, rheumatological and respiratory levels.


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