The cape gooseberry is a fruit of American origin, native to the Andes, it has excellent nutritional and especially healing properties.
It is known by different names around the world, including: uvilla, guchuva, vejigón, topetorope, aguaymanto, alquequenje, topo-topo, capulí, poga poga, wild tomato, tomatillo, 'cape gooseberry' (in English), judaskirsche en Germany and coqueret du perou, in France.
The cape gooseberry belongs to the Solanaceae family, so it has characteristics similar to the potato, tomato and tobacco family. Its internal structure is similar to a miniature tomato.
It is a semi-acid, round, yellow, sweet and small fruit (measuring between 1.25 and 2 cm in diameter), and it comes wrapped in a protective shell.
It is considered an exotic fruit, it is used to prepare ice cream, yogurt, glazes and "chutneys". Its high pectin content makes it ideal for jams and sauces. The cape gooseberry can be consumed alone, in desserts, in juice, wine, in syrup and with other sweet fruits.
It is also an attractive ingredient for vegetable and fruit salads, as well as for gourmet dishes, cocktails and liqueurs. It serves as a decorative element to decorate cakes and pastries, like sour cherries or cherries. Processed, it can be found frozen, in puree, pulp, jam, canned or dehydrated.
Nutritional Properties of cape gooseberry
Cape gooseberry is an excellent source of provitamin A (3,000 I.U. 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.
Therapeutic uses of cape gooseberry
The cape gooseberry has an important therapeutic use, both its leaves and the fruit are used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Gooseberry purifies the blood, tones the optic nerve and is effective in treating cataracts and conditions of the mouth and throat. In addition, it removes albumin from the kidneys and is recommended to destroy whipworms, intestinal parasites and amoebas.
The cape gooseberry is a calcifier of the first order. 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 due to its flavonoid content.