Sit down strawberries, budge over blueberries, bye-bye blackberries… there’s a new berry in town!15-08-2007
Blueberries may have been grabbing the headlines recently, but this could be about to change as the Inca Berry hits our shores. This delicious berry will not only tantalise your taste buds, but its array of health benefits put it in a class of its own.
Similar to a Cape Gooseberry it is known by many different names, such as the Goldenberry and Aguaymanto, the Inca Berry (Physalis peruviana) is native to Brazil and other areas of South America. A small yellow fruit, it comes surrounded by papery leaves and has been eaten by the South American peoples for centuries, especially by the Incas.
Whilst we have become accustomed in the UK to sacrificing taste for health benefits Inca Berries turn this idea on its head. With an amazingly intense flavour these berries are like nothing that you will have tried before. Both sweet and sour with a succulent texture, they are chewy and so morish you won’t be able to stop eating them.
Raymond Blanc recently described them as "Quite acidic with a sweetness towards the end. I've ordered some to use in our buffet breakfasts" and Dr Briffa (one of the UK’s foremost experts on complementary medicine) commented "These are nuggets of nutritional gold..."
Considered a great source of vitamin P, a strong bioflavonoid, Inca Berries are also rich in pectin, a type of dietary fibre, which has been shown to lower cholesterol, extremely high in protein for a fruit (16%), and jammed full of other important vitamins and minerals. Hundreds of studies on bioflavonoids have demonstrated their wide range of health benefits. These have shown the berries have significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties 1,2, 3, 4 adding weight to suggestions the berries can help with conditions such as cancer, malaria and asthma.
Inca Berries can be eaten fresh, but are best enjoyed dried. They can be eaten raw, or used to make delicious smoothies, jams, compotes and desserts. They can be stored without refrigeration and their delicious and unique taste will be a talking point when served to guests. But be warned once you’ve started eating them you won’t be able to stop!
These unique berries have been brought to the UK by Of the Earth. The berries are sourced directly from the growers and are packaged in biodegradable packaging so you know that whilst the berries are good for you they’re not harming the environment either. The company also donate a percentage of profits to the ‘Of The Earth – Be The Change Foundation’, which supports environmental and social charities around the world.
For more information, stockist details, or to buy online please visit: www.otesuperfoods.com
1/ Franco LA, Matiz GE, Calle J, Pinzón R, Ospina LF. Antiinflammatory activity of extracts and fractions obtained from Physalis peruviana L. calyces. Biomedica. 2007 Mar;27(1):110-5
2/ Ramadan MF, Morsel JT. Oil goldenberry (Physalis peruviana L.). J Agric Food Chem. 2003 Feb 12;51(4):969-74.
3/ Wu SJ, Tsai JY, Chang SP, Lin DL, Wang SS, Huang SN, Ng LT. Supercritical carbon dioxide extract exhibits enhanced antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Physalis peruviana. J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Apr 20;111(1):110-4. Epub 2006 Nov 11.
4/ Wu SJ, Ng LT, Huang YM, Lin DL, Wang SS, Huang SN, Lin CC. Antioxidant activities of Physalis peruviana. Biol Pharm Bull. 2005 Jun;28(6):963-6
Source: - Of the Earth Press Release