The health benefits of Physalis are very good as this tropical
fruit provides Vitamin C and traces of the Vitamin B range. The
nutritional value of Physalis is high, the fruit provides a good
source of potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and
phosphorus - the potassium in Physalis being particularly rich.
This Physalis are low in calories, slightly higher in carbs, and
a very good, small healthy fruit whether its eaten raw, fresh,
preserved or cooked.
The amount of calories in golden
berries depends on the method the fruit is served or cooked, for
example if the fruit is dipped in fondant icing, obviously it
will contain more calories. This fruit is extremely low in fat.
The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the
amount of physalis calories and carbohydrates:
in Physalis per 100 grams (One Physalis weighs approximately 6
Fresh, raw physalis - 49 calories / 11 grams carbs
an unusual exotic fruit which grows on plants. The fruit is
unusual as it's encased in a papery husk, hence the name Chinese
Lantern Physalis which is sometimes used. This fruit is known by
various names including the Golden Berry, Inca Berry, Cape
Gooseberry and Golden Strawberry.
The Physalis fruit is
small and uniquely tasting to any other fruit, however, it is a
distant relative of tomato, potato, pepper and aubergines which
in some ways the Physalis fruit shares similar flavors, as well
a cross with the taste of gooseberry or a firm, small tomato.
The popular species of Physalis fruit is yellow to orange
colored with thin edible skin. There are other species which
vary in color and shape.
Preparing Physalis for Cooking
Look for bright
Physalis which are undamaged and intact within their natural
casing. The fruit should keep for a few days in a cool place.
Physalis is delicious whether its eaten raw, on its own, or
cooked. This is an ideal fruit for making jam as it's high in
pectin which is a soluble fibre that helps jelly and jams to
Physalis are small and make lovely dessert
decorations for sweets such as gateau, cheesecake, tarts or
pavlova. The Chinese lantern casing cannot be eaten, however,
try folding them back and using them to hold the physalis fruit
in place whilst you did the fruit into chocolate or fondant
icing. Some of the popular varieties of Physalis other than the
Cape Gooseberry are the Tomatillo and the Chinese Lantern. These
varieties differ in color and appearance but they are all
members of the Physalis family.