The exotic pichuberries are native to the Andes of Peru. Known also as the Lost Incan Crop, this fruit belongs to the Physalis peruviana plant and is also called by different names like Cape gooseberry, Aztec berry and Ground cherry. At present, they are also being grown in Europe and South Africa.
Do you know that pichuberries are not really a berry? They are actually fruits belonging to the nightshade family, and are closely related to cherries, potato, bell peppers, eggplant and tomato. Three to four months after the plant flowers, the fruit start to ripen and they are in full harvest during the months of April to August. This berries are covered by a paper like calyx that provides a protective cover while it grow. When the calyx opens up, it will show a small golden yellow berry. Its texture and size is similar to grapes, but is filled with seeds. A ripe one would have a mild tartness and sweet tastes. Inside its protective covering, pichuberry can last for a month and a half at a room temperature without being damaged.
This super fruit is filled with nutritional benefits. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin C among fruits and plants. It is packed with as much as 20 times the vitamin C of Orange. They are also teeming with vitamin A and B complex that includes niacin, thiamin including antioxidants, minerals and many other nutrients needed by our body. Its protein content is so rich that just a 100 gram can give you 7.3 grams of protein. They are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium, thus maintaining the balance of two vital electrolytes in our body.
The amazing thing about this tiny wonder is that it has a very high level of antioxidant and is in fact higher than pomegranate and apple, making them effective in fighting free radicals and preventing cell damage. By inhibiting oxidation, it reduces signs of skin aging. This berry is also high in pectin which help to maintain the right blood sugar level by inhibiting the digestion and absorption of sugars.
This super fruit is high in alkaloids, chemicals made by plants which contain nitrogen and possess potent pharmacologic effects. Anyone with health conditions like arthritis or gout must avoid eating them.
Pichuberries are very unique summer snack and they also make a tasty addition to recipes like salads, cakes, biscuits and desserts. One way to prolong their shelf life is by dehydrating or drying them in the oven just under 45 degrees to maintain a right amount of moisture and retain the nutrition and flavors that it holds. Besides, dried pichuberries is found to have a much higher fiber content. If you love sweets, you can enjoy this super berries without having to worry about adding weight.
This fruit does come in nice packaging. Looking forward to opening some soon!
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