The consumption of berries —available in different varieties— is in vogue throughout the world for their content of antioxidants. The most notable among them are the blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and golden berries.
Golden berries, or Physalis peruviana, have their origin in the Peruvian Andes and have been cultivated since ancient times.
The fruit is becoming popular worldwide for its high content of vitamins.
Nowadays, golden berries are produced in various regions across the nation: Ancash, La Libertad, Cajamarca, Lambayeque, Ayacucho, Lima, Junin, Huanuco, and Cusco.
In the case of Ancash, La Libertad, and Ayacucho, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) has identified their potential for both production and export purposes.
In this sense, said regions' export plan (PERX) finds it critical to improve their supply.
It must be noted aguaymanto —as the fruit is known in Peru— is in great demand in international markets.
Golden berries are cultivated since the pre-Columbian era. Nowadays, it is considered one of Peru's top five healthy products.
This powerful antioxidant —rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as in calcium, iron and phosphorous— is perfect to strengthen the immunological system.