Physalis (Latin: physalis peruviana) is widely used as a decorative garnish under the name "Golden Berry" However, the name “Physalis“ literally translates as "bubble" and is also known as "Winter Cherry". In this blog we will take a look at Physalis more closely.

The plant is native to the South American Andes (Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador) but is grown in many other countries such as Kenya, Australia, India, New Zealand and the United States. The plant grows to approximately 30 to 100 centimeters and has an upright shrubby appearance with purple stems. The leaves are heart-shaped, pale green, up to 15 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide and have a soft, fuzzy texture. Surrounding the berries is a five to six sided green, pointed canopy which turns yellow-orange when the fruit ripens. The berry itself is spherical, reaching a diameter of up to 2 centimeters and ripens to a glossy, yellow-orange hue.

In the Andes, the berry has been used in folk medicine for centuries and later, European explorers used the fruit to prevent Scurvy due to its high Vitamin-C content. In the 18th Century, the Physalis plant was adopted by the Portuguese in South America and brought to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. From there the fruit traveled to Europe where it was known as "Cape Gooseberry". Other names include "Gooseberry", "Winter Cherry" and "Jews Cherry" (because of the similarity with a Jewish head covering). In France, Physalis is known as "L'Amour en Cage" or "Love cage".

Our Physalis plants are harvested by hand between July and December in the old tradition, as was done for centuries by the people of Peru. Our soil and air are closely monitored to provide the highest quality fruit and they are free from heavy metals and petrochemicals. The berries are ripened "on the vine" to their natural yellow-orange color, air/sun-dried then separated from their sheathes for final drying. As the berries will lose a large portion of their weight during the drying process their flavour is very concentrated and intensely sweet-sour which reminds many of passion fruit.

Physalis contains a wealth of nutrients to include Vitamins A, C, B-complex, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and pectin. The berries also boast a large percentage of protein (for muscle building/regeneration), anti-oxidants (for cell protection), betacarotenoids and bioflavinoids. The dried fruit resembles raisins and is a perfect snack for athletes and people on the move.

  • Ideal for home-made granola bars or trail mix with nuts and raisins
  • A no-mess snack for travel or at the office
  • Healthy alternative treat for children
  • Super for desserts
  • A natural supplement for a host of vitamins and minerals
  • nergy-food and regenerator for athletes

 

Storage:

Physalis should be stored in a cool, dry place.  

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Physalis - Golden Berries

Physalis - Golden Berries

Physalis (Latin: physalis peruviana) is widely used as a decorative garnish under the name "Golden Berry" However, the name “Physalis“ literally translates as "bubble" and is also known as "Winter Cherry". In this blog we will take a look at Physalis more closely.

The plant is native to the South American Andes (Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador) but is grown in many other countries such as Kenya, Australia, India, New Zealand and the United States. The plant grows to approximately 30 to 100 centimeters and has an upright shrubby appearance with purple stems. The leaves are heart-shaped, pale green, up to 15 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide and have a soft, fuzzy texture. Surrounding the berries is a five to six sided green, pointed canopy which turns yellow-orange when the fruit ripens. The berry itself is spherical, reaching a diameter of up to 2 centimeters and ripens to a glossy, yellow-orange hue.

In the Andes, the berry has been used in folk medicine for centuries and later, European explorers used the fruit to prevent Scurvy due to its high Vitamin-C content. In the 18th Century, the Physalis plant was adopted by the Portuguese in South America and brought to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. From there the fruit traveled to Europe where it was known as "Cape Gooseberry". Other names include "Gooseberry", "Winter Cherry" and "Jews Cherry" (because of the similarity with a Jewish head covering). In France, Physalis is known as "L'Amour en Cage" or "Love cage".

Our Physalis plants are harvested by hand between July and December in the old tradition, as was done for centuries by the people of Peru. Our soil and air are closely monitored to provide the highest quality fruit and they are free from heavy metals and petrochemicals. The berries are ripened "on the vine" to their natural yellow-orange color, air/sun-dried then separated from their sheathes for final drying. As the berries will lose a large portion of their weight during the drying process their flavour is very concentrated and intensely sweet-sour which reminds many of passion fruit.

Physalis contains a wealth of nutrients to include Vitamins A, C, B-complex, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and pectin. The berries also boast a large percentage of protein (for muscle building/regeneration), anti-oxidants (for cell protection), betacarotenoids and bioflavinoids. The dried fruit resembles raisins and is a perfect snack for athletes and people on the move.

  • Ideal for home-made granola bars or trail mix with nuts and raisins
  • A no-mess snack for travel or at the office
  • Healthy alternative treat for children
  • Super for desserts
  • A natural supplement for a host of vitamins and minerals
  • nergy-food and regenerator for athletes

 

Storage:

Physalis should be stored in a cool, dry place.  

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