These little dehydrated parcels of joy punch well about their weight when it comes to health benefits and deliciousness. Get educated, then make sure you get Inca Berries into your diet!
They’re not even berries
SURPRISE! Looks like a dried berry, tastes like a dried berry, but it isn't a berry my friends. Inca Berries, which you may have confused before with the similar ‘Cape Gooseberries’ are in the deadly nightshade family, so more closely related to a tomato, tomatillo or eggplant for example, than a cranberry or raspberry. They grow inside delicate Chinese lantern style casings and when fresh resemble small orange-yellow balls. Their flavour - sweetness combined with a mouth-watering tartness - makes them seem more like a berry than anything else.
Why they’re good for you
Inca berries are especially high in protein and fibre—the highest fibre content of all dried fruit in fact. Thanks to their tiny seeds, they are also extremely high in antioxidants, whilst the dehydrated flesh is stacked with vitamin C and potassium. They won’t work miracles, but its safe to say these “berries” punch well above their weight in health benefits.
Where they are from
Clue is in the name folks: Inca Berries are native to Peru, South America, and grow best in high tropical areas like Ecuador and Chile. However they are extremely closely related to the Cape Gooseberry, grown successfully for a long time in the colder environment of the UK. Incaberries grow on vines, and are covered in a soft protective casing (not edible).
The recipe possibilities are endless
Granola and porridge additions, wholemeal muffin ingredients, cheese platter accompaniments, roast chicken stuffing, salad garnishes… you name it, the Inca Berry is down with it. In fact you’re better off trying to think of where these super fruits wouldn’t work!
Get them by the bucketload at Naked Foods
By now you should be pretty sold on our chewy South American treats. So get them fresh, affordable and in bulk at Naked Foods!
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