The fruits of spring are slowly making their way to my green grocers. This little orange fruit is called Inca Berry. It is also known as cape gooseberry (South Africa), Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry (U.S.), poha (Hawaii), ras bhari (India), aguaymanto (Peru), uvilla (Ecuador), uchuva (Colombia) or by its latin name Physalis peruviana∗. They are the same size as cherries and incased in husks, just like its relative the tomatillo. This fruit was originally cultivated in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Now it is also grown in England and South Africa.
Inca berries must first be peeled or removed from the husks before eating. Once removed the husk reveals and orange semi-firm and squishy fruit. The small fruit is a bit sticky and has a very mildly sweet, almost undetectable, smell. Run the peeled fruits over water to remove some of the outer stickiness. When cut open little seeds are revealed, these seeds make it resemble a tomatillo and a tomato. (As a matter of fact both the tomatillo and physalis are in the nightshade family just like a tomato. ) Each small bite has a mildly sweet taste with slight tart after tones. The flavor is quite unique and hard to describe, it tastes a little like a sweet tomato but at the same time the flavor is like that of a tropical fruit. Though hard to describe the taste is quite pleasant.
I was first introduced to this orange fruit when it was served as decoration on chocolate cake. Though I have mostly seen it used as decoration or garnish for desserts, it can also be used as a baking ingredient, in preserves, and as part of fruit salads. Of course it can also be enjoyed on its own like any other fruit. Inca berry is a good source of phosphorus, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin P and it is an anti-inflamatory and a natural blood thinner.
Have you ever tried Inca berries? If so did you like them? .
About the Minions, these are them. I am trying to get them used to the shutter sound of my camera, as well as the sight of a lens in their dominium, so they don’t try flying away every time I want to snap a photo. They are curious and we are making progress, lol.
This is Chachi, he’ll be one in May, his favorite foods are cornflakes, corn tortillas, flour tortillas…and just about anything you put in front of him.
This is Joanie, she’ll be one in May, her favorite foods are spinach, rice, corn tortillas, bread…and she’s curious about all food you put in front of her.
They are our daily dose of smiles and laughter. I hope they brought a smile to your face this Sunday. Feliz domingo y hasta mañana! (happy Sunday and until tomorrow)