Cape gooseberry, is a fruit of American origin, native to the Andes, has excellent nutritional and especially healing properties.
He is known by different names around the world, including: uvilla, guchuva, bladder, topetorope, aguaymanto, alquequenje, topo-topo, capulí, poga poga, wild tomato, tomatillo, ‘cape gooseberry’ (in English), judaskirsche in Germany and coqueret du perou, in France.
Cape gooseberry belongs to the Solanaceae family, so it has similar characteristics to the potato, tomato and tobacco family. Its internal structure is similar to a miniature tomato.
The gooseberry are matured in the tree, protected individually and transported by air from Colombia to Asia and Europe, protected in boxes specifically designed for conservation.
The average dimensions of each fruit are 6 to 7 cm long and 4 to 6 cm in diameter. Its average weight is 150 g The product is marketed in boxes of 10 to 12 units of approximately 2.5Kg each
The fruit, its packaging and packaging comply with all import regulations of fresh food to Asia and Europe
Origin of Gooseberry
The cape gooseberry is native to Peru and grows as a semi-wild wild plant in highlands between 1,500 and 3,000 meters above sea level. Its origin is assumed in the Peruvian Andes, as the Incas cultivated it in their «royal gardens». but after the Spanish conquest, like other crops disappeared.
Because it is considered a fruit that prevents scurvy, it was introduced in South Africa by the Spaniards more than 200 years ago. From there it moves Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and India, countries that are grown commercially.Currently, cape gooseberry is found in almost all the highlands of tropical countries and in several subtropics including Malaysia, China and the Caribbean countries, among others.
Nutritional benefits of Gooseberry
Cape gooseberry is an excellent source of provitamin A (3,000 IU of carotene per 100 g). It is also rich in vitamin C, has some of the vitamin B complex and also contains protein (0.3%) and phosphorus (55%), exceptionally high values for a fruit.
Gooseberry has an important therapeutic use, both its leaves and the fruit are used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Cape gooseberry purifies the blood, tones the optic nerve and is effective in the treatment of cataracts and conditions of the mouth and throat. In addition, it removes albumin from the kidneys and is recommended to destroy trichocephals, intestinal parasites and amoeba.
Cape gooseberry is a first order calcifier. It is recommended for people with diabetes of all kinds, and thanks to its diuretic properties, it favors the treatment of people with prostate problems. It is also used as a natural tranquilizer because of its flavonoid content.
Mode of consumption of Gooseberry
The use of physalis is deeply rooted in modern pastry, both as an ingredient and to decorate our desserts, due to its characteristic flower appearance and small size.
It can be consumed without cooking , directly from the tree ( taking appropriate washing care) and it is also common to serve it in a syrup and accompanying other sweet fruits.
Uses hot air to evaporate the water from the fruit, getting the lowest humidity at the best cost.
Our fruits ripen on the tree, are exported by air, and in a couple of days can be on the table of the consumer
Removes the water by freezing and sublimation –vacuum at 30ºC.
The fastest way to reach results is to monitor the progress you make.
Transforms the fruit into pulp whitch is easily rehydrated.
Fruits are recognized at their optimum ripeness, just when they are tastier and more nutritious. It can be washed, cut, packaged and frozen in just a few hours to get to the table at its best.