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.
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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:

Calories in Physalis per 100 grams (One Physalis weighs approximately 6 grams)

Fresh, raw physalis - 49 calories / 11 grams carbs

Physalis is 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 set. P

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.
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