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The Nutritional and Health Benefits of Rasbhari, Cape Gooseberries, or Golden Berries

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Rasbhari, Cape Gooseberries or Golden Berries.

Rasbhari, Cape Gooseberries or Golden Berries.

Rasbhari

Latin Name : Physalis peruviana

Indian Name : Rasbhari

Other Names : Cape gooseberry, Golden berry, Inca berry, Ground cherry, Peruvian cherry, Poha, Uchuva, Physalis berry, Giant ground cherry, Chinese lantern are among some of its other names.

Nutrients In Rasbhari

  • The fruit is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids.
  • It is rich in Vitamin A and C and provides 14% and 18% of the daily needs respectively.
  • It also provides 4 grams protein per 100 grams.
  • Rasbhari is rich in the B complex vitamins, thiamine and niacin and contains the minerals iron, phosphorus and some calcium.
  • It is rich in pectin.
  • Contains a high level of fructose, the beneficial sugar for diabetics.

Health Benefits

Rasbhari, cape gooseberries, or golden berries have anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-ulcer properties.

Some of the health benefits of Rasbhari are :

  • The polyphenols and carotenoids provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and lung cancer.
  • The melatonin content in rasbhari has been found to lower the risk of diseases associated with damage due to the rampaging free radicals like neurological diseases.
  • Vitamin A keeps the vision strong, prevents the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, and maintains skin health.
  • Pectin content helps in calcium absorption and along with phosphorus keeps the bones strong.
  • The fruit has liver-protective properties.
  • The pectin also regulates intestinal health.
  • Rasbhari reduces cholesterol, regulates blood pressure levels, treats throat infections.
  • It boosts immunity levels, cleanses the blood and also controls amoebiasis.

The rasbhari fruit has also been used traditionally in folk medicine.

  • The leaf decoction is used as a diuretic and anti-asthmatic.
  • The heated leaves are applied as a poultice on inflammations.
  • The leaf infusion is given as an enema.
  • Rasbhari fruit has been used to treat malaria, rheumatism, dermatitis, asthma, hepatitis, leukaemia, cancer etc.

References:

  • http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/cape_gooseberry.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis_peruviana
  • http://govidafoods.com/goVida/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/capegooseberry2.pdf
  • http://www.captura.uchile.cl/bitstream/handle/2250/14392/PUENTE_2011.pdf?sequence=1

About the Fruit

Rasbhari or cape gooseberry is native to Brazil but has become naturalized in Peru and Chile.

Both the plant and the fruit are called by the same name. Among other countries, the fruit is also grown in South Africa, Australia, China, Thailand, Egypt, India, New Zealand and various Pacific islands.

About the Plant

The rasbhari plant is closely related to the tomatillo as both belong to the same genus and is also related to the tomato, potato, eggplant as they belong to the same family Solanaceae. Interestingly, though named a berry it is not related to any of the berries.

The cape gooseberry plant is usually about 2 to 3 feet tall but can grow up to 6 feet in height. The branches are ribbed, have a purplish tinge to them and are covered with fine hairs. The leaves are velvety and heart-shaped but randomly toothed and at times somewhat pointed as well with fine hairs.

Rasbhari plant resembles a tomato plant but it stands firm, erect and the branches are woody. The fruit resembles small unripe tomatoes when raw and green.

The plants grow both in temperate and tropical climates, need plenty of sunlight and a lot of water or rain when they are growing. The water requirement drops appreciably when the fruits are maturing. They are propagated from seeds usually or by cuttings.

The rasbhari plants need well-drained soil and the best crop is obtained from sandy soils.

Rasbhari fruit is a smooth, round berry with orange-yellow golden-coloured skin and contains numerous small yellow seeds embedded in its fleshy and juicy pulp. The berries are enclosed in individual paper-thin bladder like coverings and appear like tiny lanterns hanging from the stems. The fruit tastes sweet but has a slight tart taste to it too.

Rasbhari is eaten raw but can be dried like raisins and eaten on its own or added to a variety of foods like yoghurt, salads, oats, etc. It can also be used to make jams or jellies, pies, cake etc.

If left with the papery covering the fruits can stay good for a month or more. It is best to remove the fruits from their coverage only when they need to be consumed.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

mhbhopal@gmail.com on January 20, 2018:

Looks very graphical.

Kalidasan on July 01, 2017:

Try to grow everything organic please

Prakash on June 28, 2017:

Golden berries

Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on September 26, 2014:

Thanks for the info. I love this fruit and have been growing it from seeds.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 31, 2014:

Thanks Shadaan and its not necessary that one has to like all fruits.

Shadaan Alam from India on October 09, 2013:

I just shared this post because it shares such a valuable source of information, so its for my friends also to read, honestly i don't know why, but i just don't like this fruit ever

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on October 09, 2013:

That looks a really useful hub, must find some and try them.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 20, 2013:

Adarsh, you can buy Rasbhari seeds from Amazon or ebay. Thanks for reading.

Adarsh Singh on July 19, 2013:

Where can i can its Seeds. I want to grow at my Organic Farm near Gurgaon.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 01, 2013:

@IndianChef-Thanks for all the votes and sharing and I'm glad you gained useful info from this hub.

@Elisha-thank you for reading and good to know you liked them and now you'll love them all the more.

Elisha Jachetti on May 31, 2013:

Wow! Okay that's what they are called. I have never seen these in the United States, but while I was abroad, they appeared quite often as a topper to drinks or for decorative purposes on dishes. I ate them and enjoyed the taste a lot. I had no idea what it was though.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 30, 2013:

Rajan I really liked Rasbhari but I never knew it had so much things packed inside it. really a useful hub. Shared here on hubpages, voted up and 5 stars.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 03, 2013:

@vespawoolf-I'm glad you found it informative. Maybe you could try out the chutney recipe. Thanks for coming by.

@Peggy-I appreciate your comments and visit and the sharing as well. Thanks.

@leahlefler-thanks for your input and good to know you'd be trying to grow the rasbharis.

@Brett-we get only these gooseberries here or Amla which is a green gooseberry and pretty sour. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

Brett C from Asia on May 02, 2013:

Another well researched and informative hub. We have the green and sour Gooseberries ... oh how I miss them, they were a great treat as our neighbor had a very well established tree.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on May 01, 2013:

These are very interesting fruits! We grow tomatillos, which are related to gooseberries. We use them to make a green sauce for our enchiladas and burritos. I'll have to try growing some gooseberries, too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

I have never eaten a gooseberry but will now be eager to do so if I ever see them available for sale. Thanks for writing this informative hub. Giving it 5 stars, many up votes and will be pinning and sharing.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 30, 2013:

This one caught my eye since we often eat golden berries. I didn't realize they are so full of Vitamin A. I'm also happy you included a video for making golden berry chutney. Now I wish Peru would dry them for longer storage. Maybe I'll have to do it myself! Thanks for another informative and interesting Hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 28, 2013:

Thanks swathi. I hope you do try this fruit.

swathi180 on April 27, 2013:

I saw these fruits many times but didn't taste them. The golden color is really awesome I feel like tasting.Very useful hub and informative.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 26, 2013:

Thanks, Lisa. Nice to know you have them growing in your garden. Thanks for stopping by.

liswilliams from South Africa on April 26, 2013:

Great stuff - I'm in South Africa - we have these in our garden and they grow like crazy, spread all over the place :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 26, 2013:

moonlake, I'm glad this hub was provided you with some unknown information. You are lucky you have them growing in your garden. Thanks for the visit, comments, votes and shares.

moonlake from America on April 26, 2013:

I have seen these before but never knew what they were now I know they are Chinese lanterns, I have grow them in my flower garden. I never knew they were a fruit. Voted up, shared, pinned and five stars. Very interesting hub of course all of your food hubs are interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 25, 2013:

@Devika-thanks for the visit.

@shining-a combination of tart and sweet taste always appeals to me that any single one alone. Appreciate your visit and comments.

@Carol-always good to see you. Thanks for visiting.

@Bill-all berries are healthy so the only thing is to have a variety when eating. Thanks for being here.

@Sneha-thanks for reading.

@Joe-always a pleasure to get appreciative comments from you, my friend and good to see you as well. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

@wetnosedogs-thanks my friend. Great seeing you here.

@Nithya-glad you like berry pickle. I love amla pickle. Thanks for visiting.

@Rasma-it's always good to eat a variety of berries and the dark colored varieties are all the better. Thanks for reading and sharing.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 24, 2013:

Love these interesting and informative hubs. Sounds like a mighty powerful berry. We have green and purple gooseberries here growing in our own garden. Nice to hear of all the health benefits. Passing this on.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 23, 2013:

Gooseberry pickles are great. They taste delicious. Useful and informative hub.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on April 23, 2013:

Thanks for this informative hub. Sounds delicious.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on April 23, 2013:

Hi, Rajan!

This interesting fruit is like a cherry tomato that comes wrapped in its own tissue paper. Very exotic and uniquely appealing! I always learn new things when I read your most informative hubs, my friend. Great work on this one! Thank you for sharing, and may the rest of your week be memorable and blessed! Aloha!

Joe

Sneha Sunny from India on April 23, 2013:

Interesting. A berry which is not a berry! A lot of health benefits to learn here- which I wasn't aware of.

Thank you for sharing. :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 23, 2013:

We do have gooseberries here. In fact, berries of all kinds grow quite well in our area. It seems like it is always berry season of one berry or another here.

As always, very interesting information my friend. Thank you!

carol stanley from Arizona on April 23, 2013:

We love berries and there are some here I have never heard of.. Always enjoy the learning experience in good health with your hubs. Voting up and pinning.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 23, 2013:

Rasbhari - Never heard of it but while reading, my mouth was watering. I realize they bring many health benefits but my first priority is enjoying that sweet and tart taste. The sound delicious - fresh or preserved.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2013:

Informative and so helpful to many readers berries are most beneficial to ones health and you did a fantastic job on this hub. The well-presented photo and research is to the point here.