Raw Organic Dried Golden Incan Berries
One of the great things about golden Inca berries is that it gives such a dense amount of nutrients without sacrificing on the taste department. Called gooseberries when fresh and golden Incan berries when dried, you, too, would love its sweet-tangy flavour that’s unlike any fruit you’ve ever tasted.
- ORIGIN: Peru or Colombia
- AVAILABLE AS: Whole berries
- GOOD FOR : Nervous system function, formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin, Immune System, Tiredness and Fatigue, Blood pressure, Metabolisms, Collagen Formation, Brain, protection of cells from Oxidative Stress
- NUTRITION : Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium
- DIRECTIONS FOR USE : Ideal for snacks, cereals, yougurt, desserts, jams, chutneys, savory dishes, salads and smoothies. Add to herbal tea for a touch of sweetness. Make purees, spreads and sauces. Add to raw food energy bars, cookies or use for baking.
What is it?
Like most plants, they have been around for centuries. The plant of the incaberry grows to about a metre in height. The fruits it produces are small with a colour tone ranging from bronze yellow to golden. A paper-thin calyx covers the fruits which serve as its protection from insects and birds. But aside from that, the cover also prolongs its freshness even after harvest.
Incaberry or “aguaymanto” in the Peruvian language and cape gooseberries in Africa, is not really a berry but belongs to the same botanical family as currants. The fruits spread out to Asia and Africa before it made its way to Europe in the 16th century where the British began developing varieties of it. It was about a hundred years later when incaberries finally reached the American shores.
Today, there are approximately 2,000 gooseberry cultivars but only two main types—American gooseberry and European gooseberry. The latter is said to be bigger and tastier of all gooseberry kinds.
What are its nutritional content and health benefits?
Aside from the temptingly sweet-sour taste of golden Inca berries, it is far from lacking when it comes to nutritional content. Golden inca berries health benefits are in a class all their own.
Just a handful of this super fruit provides a hefty amount of anti-oxidants that helps in healing and inflammation. Let’s look at this in more detail.
Incaberries have polyphenols, carotenoids, and “withanolides,” a naturally-occurring steroidal lactone which is also the reason why it is considered an adaptogenic healing plant. The effect of withanolides in the human body is quite positive. It is shown to be beneficial to the endocrine system and can be useful in adjunctive therapy.
Golden Inca berries nutrition also include high amounts of fibre, fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamins and minerals (but low in calories—only 53 calories per 100 grams) which counters bacteria, reduce risk of kidneys and liver from damage, lowers fever and blood sugar, and even aids in weight management.
Traditional folk medicine practices have known the effects of eating gooseberries or incaberries but it is only now that modern day medicine is beginning to prove some of its health benefits.
What makes our golden Inca berries different?
Drying is a process long been used by humans in order to preserve food. By drying gooseberries the right way and with the best technology available today, the value of the berries is retained.
But the first step is using raw fruits that are also high quality. Otherwise, even the best technology won’t be able to turn it into a valuable product.
How our golden Incan berries are raised
Today, golden Incan berries grow in many parts of the world. But we grow ours where it is endemic—in Peru and Ecuador. They are cultivated and managed organically from the beginning until the end of production. We have soil certifications and the approval of EU organic certification bodies to prove that our product is free of pesticides, herbicides, and other harmful chemicals.
How our organic Incan berries are harvested and handled
We harvest the fruits only when it has reached its optimum ripeness. That’s about three to four months after flowering. Our farmers pick the fruits or sometimes shake the tree to gather fruits of the same ripeness. With the help of the natural covering of the berries (calyx), the fruits are protected from damage.
How our organic golden berries are processed
To prevent contaminating the fruits with mould and bacteria, water is needed to be extracted from the fruits, paving the way for a longer shelf life.
Our golden Incan berries are carefully graded for drying. We closely monitor the drying process making sure the temperature doesn’t go above 45 degrees Celsius. This way, we can be sure the fruits retain their true flavour and nutritional value that’s as close as possible to the fresh fruit.
Where and how much can we deliver?
Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of tasty raw organic dried golden berries in bulk, private label, and white label. We can deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe. Our clients can tell our organic golden Incan berries are of high quality with its superb taste and nutritional value. Enjoy it yoghurts, ice creams, salads, use them as a substitute to raisins, added in trail mix, cake decoration, jams, and other desserts. You can even enjoy it straight out of the bag.