Superfood Spotlight: Goldenberries
What you should know: Also known as “Incan Berries” or “Cape Gooseberries,” goldenberries aren’t really gooseberries at all – they are actually botanically closer to tomatoes! These little powerhouses are bright yellow when ripe and extremely sweet and tart, which makes them a popular fruit with everyone from kids to five-star chefs. A goldenberry is about the size of a marble or cherry tomato, and grows inside a delicate paper husk resembling a Chinese lantern – making it one of the most beautiful berries around.
Why you should try it: Goldenberries are more than just beautiful – they are also rich in Vitamins A, C and B Complex, protecting your body from tissue damage and heart disease and boosting metabolism. The most surprising benefit of goldenberries are their high protein content (about 16% protein, extremely high for any fruit or vegetable), making them a wonderful supplement for those who follow a plant-based diet. Goldenberries are an excellent source of bioflavonoids, which possess antiviral, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Oh, and one more thing – they’re delicious!
Let’s get together: To enjoy goldenberries, they can be eaten raw or dried, much like blueberries or raisins! Sprinkle goldenberries on top of greek yogurt for a colorful breakfast, or toss a handful into a salad for a sweet kick. You can even make your own trail mix by throwing the dried variety in with your favorite kinds of nuts and seeds. We love Navitas Naturals‘ goldenberry powder – an easy way to get the berry benefits straight into a smoothie!
These have just come into season over here (Australia) and I have to confess I have been at a loss as to what to do with them. Here comes a new and exciting trail mix for next week! Cheers, Zoe
Fantastic, Zoe – so happy we were able to spark the creative juices!