Peruvian Goldenberry: Origin
The Aguaymanto (Physalis peruviana L) is a shrub native to the Peruvian Andes, known as´native fruit´ since the time of the Incas. It was one of the preferred noble garden plants noble plants particularly were grown in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this fruit was unveiled to the world in the eighteenth century, and remained as a delicacy in exclusive product stores.
Its fruits are round and golden, protected by an inedible skin with a texture like paper, its small with a pleasant taste, which gives this fruit an inviting appearance in the market, along with its exquisite aroma, it has a sour and bitter taste peculiar tasty.
This rustic Peruvian native fruit is an important part of the diet of the rural sector where it grows and spreads in the wild, especially in hot, dry areas near the Andes.
Now cultivated outside of Peru with other names, where this plant has successfully proliferated: Quechua: Topotopo Aymara: Uchuba, cuchuva Spanish: mountain Guinda, aguaymanto, tomatillo, uvilla (Peru); capulí or bagging motojobobo (Bolivia); uchuva, uvilla, guchuba (Colombia); Cherry judas, topo-topo (Venezuela); uvilla (Ecuador); Cherry Peru (Mexico); other, love bag, cuchuva, beef tongue, sackbut, wild tomato, etc. English: Golden berry, cape gooseberry, groundcherry giant, peruvian groundcherry, peruvian cherry (US), poha (Hawaii), fruit jam (India), physalis. The greatest wealth of aguaymanto lies in the abundant concentration of vitamins A, B and C, has form and flavor of a small plum, but a sharper flavor.
Traditional use of Goldenberries
It is characterized as an excellent source of pro vitamin A (3,000 IU of carotene per 100 g) and vitamin C. It also contains vitamins B complex protein (0.3%) and phosphorus (55%). Currently, it has an important therapeutic use, as experts helps to purify the blood, tones the optic nerve and relieves oral and throat infections. It is recommended for people with diabetes of all types, favors the treatment of people with prostate problems thanks to its diuretic properties and is also used as a natural tranquilizer for its content of flavonoids, also serves to control amoebiasis. According to research by being digestive, helps prevent stomach cancer, colon and bowel.
- Asthma: Fighting asthma.
- Bronchi: Relieves bronchial problems.
- Calcium: Aids in the formation of teeth and bones.
- Mental Fatigue: Fight mental fatigue.
- Cholesterol: Lowers cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Depression: Fighting depression.
- Diabetes: Eat the fruit of aguaymanto because it has an insulin-like substance.
- Aging: The consumption of this prevents aging
- Throat: Relieves throat problems.
- Injuries: Promotes healing of wounds.
- Menopause: Relieves symptoms characteristic of this period.
- Menstruation: relieves menstrual cramps.
- Prostate favors treating people with prostate problems thanks to its diuretic properties.
- Sinusitis: Combat sinusitis.
- Immune System: Strengthens
Benefits of Goldenberries
Side effects and contraindications of Goldenberry
There have been no complications, except for consumptions restrictions for allergic to the compounds of aguaymanto. Excessive drinking is not recommended because of the degree of acidity that could cause stomach ache.
How to Use Goldenberries:
In recent years, due to the expansion of alternative medicine, aguaymanto has been one of the favorite fruits to those skilled in the art. Although excessive Consumption is not recommended because, "aguaymanto or tomatillo field serves to help treat diabetes and other ailments as symptoms of menopause and counteracts aging."
This fruit was underestimated, ignored and often underestimated. "In the country grew so wild on the slopes of the Peruvian Andes, and was the food of the poor; but now happily this was reversed and so it’s currently distributed in markets with great success, "
The aguaymanto is consumed in different ways: canned, like nectar, jam, yogurt, ice cream, extract, fresh, frozen pulp or as an ingredient in dishes of exquisite cuisine Novoandina flourishing.
The goldenberry has different presentations according to their different processes, but has proven effective in each use.
- Aguaymanto dehydrated
- Aguaymanto powder