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Scientific Name: Physalis peruviana species
Alternative Names: Inca Berry, Peruvian Berry.

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Physalis peruviana species


  • Annual
  • Golden berry is a short-lived perennial that is native to the Andes where it has been cultivated since Incan times.
  • It bears cream to pink-purple fruit, 2cm in diameter - each covered in a purple streaked inflated calyx that resembles a papery lantern.
  • In summer and early autumn the papery lanterns will turn brown and the fruit will fall off when they are ripe.
  • The fruit is sweet like candy - a cross between cherry tomato and cherry with a hint of cinnamon.
  • Will grow in any well-drained soil in sun or light shade and needs a pH in the range 4.5 to 8.2.
  • In summer and early autumn the papery lanterns will turn brown and the fruit will fall off when they are ripe.

Culinary Uses

  • The berries can be eaten fresh or cooked - use in snacks, pies, cakes, jellies and salsas.
  • Popular in smoothies, salads and fruit salads and it can be combined with avocado.
  • High pectin content - make great jams, chutneys and other preserves.
  • Exotic garnish for desserts.

Parts Used

  • The fruit.
  • If the fruit is left inside the husks, its shelf life at room temperature is about 30-45 days.
  • When put in the fridge it will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The fruit is rich in vitamin A, C and some of the B complex (thiamine, niacin and B12), carotenoids, protein and phosphorus.
  • In folk medicine, Physalis peruviana has been used as a medicinal herb to treat cancer, leukemia, malaria, asthma, hepatitis, dermatitis and rheumatism.
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