Physalis / Inca berry /

Физалис /Инка бери/

Physalis or Inca berry is another one of the plants in our garden. Its great taste and beneficial ingredients made us attempt to grow. It turned out that the location and soil are suitable for growing physalis /inca berry/.

 

The plant

Physalis (also known by the name Inca berry) is an annual plant of the family “Solanaceae”. The plant reaches a height of 40 cm. to 3 m. and its fruits are orange, surrounded by a pod formed from withered blossoms. It should be noted that the blossoms are poisonous.

 

What are the benefits of phisalis (inca berry)?

100 g. physalis contained about 130 grams of calories, 0.8 mg of niacin, 3 mg iron, 90 g. of water, 1.7 g. protein, 4.9 g. fiber, 20 mg of vitamin C and 11 g. carbohydrates.

Physalis is also rich in vitamins A and C, many antioxidants, pectin, organic acids and many microelements.

Physalis is a powerful antioxidant contains flavonoids which have a calming effect; helps purify the blood and has antiseptic action. Extremely useful for children because it is very powerful immunostimulant and has antiviral effect. The leaves of inca berries are suitable for preparing of aromatic tea.
Research is ongoing to prove that physalis can fight some types of cancer.

 

Inca-berry1-708x1024How to eat and store physalis (inca berry)?

The fruits of physalis are surrounded by natural pod that protects them from damage and allows storing them up to 3 months after harvesting. The fruits of physalis are surrounded by natural pod that protects them from damage and allows to store up to 3 months after harvesting.
Physalis can be eaten fresh in salads, cooking pastries, fruit drinks and others. Dried fruit can be added to cereal, yogurt, different pastry and more. The fruit of the Inca berries can be use for preparing jams.